Tag: 1860s

Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Officevideo

Afternoon Video: Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obXrMFUuAAM We put out a call the other day for some story suggestions and GoDCer from Chicago, Rose, sent along the idea of digging into...
William Stickney residence in the 1870s. William leading against building (source: adolf-cluss.org)

Lost History: The Stickney House at 6th and M

Why did we knock down half of the amazing buildings in Washington? It's tragic and depressing when you read through John's book...
Drawing shows a woman and child exiting the telegraph office, and the National Hotel, at Pennsylvania and 6th Street, NW, as carriages and people move up and down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. The view is toward the Capitol, with its incomplete dome by A. Miller in 1860. (Library of Congress)

View of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1860

Here's a great painting from 1860, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. It's a similar view to the photo we posted last night, just a couple...
reward poster by the War Department for Booth, Surratt and Herold (Library of Congress)

April 20th, 1865: Wanted! $100,000 Reward!

The assassination of President Lincoln is one of the most, if not the most, tragic event in the history of Washington. Lincoln was shot...
Emmanuel Leutze, "Westward the Course of Empire"(1861)

Go West, Young Man; Washington Is Not a Place to Live...

GoDCer Ryan sent me a cool fact -- or possibly historical rumor -- that I'd like to share with the rest of you. It's...

Lincoln Strangely Forgotten by Visitors to Washington

The city and the nation was about to celebrate Lincoln's 98th birthday when the Washington Times published a feature on how visitors seemed to...
Abraham Lincoln for President in the Daily National Republican - July 21st, 1864

For President: Abraham Lincoln of Illinois

This is a great find. I was digging through old newspapers in the Library of Congress' Chronicling America archives and came across this from the...
Murder Bay in 1855 (Smithsonian)

Murder Bay, the Rough-and-Tumble Lost Neighborhood

If you’re the kind of person that thinks walking home from Wonderland is sketchy, needs bars on your windows in Eckington or believes Petworth is a “fringe” neighborhood, you wouldn’t stand a chance in Murder Bay.
The Assassination of President Lincoln (1865)

What Was Lincoln Doing Four Days Before Assassination?

April 10th, 1865 -- Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered a day earlier at Appomattox Court House. The Civil...
Abraham Lincoln colorized (1865)

Abraham Lincoln in Color (1865)

This is a very famous photo of President Lincoln from February 5th, 1865. The President would be assassinated a short two months later at...
Col. Benjamin F. Fisher and staff on steps of Signal Corps headquarters, 1816 F St., NW

Great Civil War Photographs of Washington

Here is a great gallery of some Civil War photographs I uncovered at the Library of Congress. It appears that the Treasury Department is...
Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

The Grand Review of the Armies (May, 1865)

The Grand Review of the Armies happened on May 23rd and 24th, 1865 after the formal end of The Civil War. Much of the...
Native Americans at the White House

Native Americans at the White House During the Civil War

Great old photo from the Library of Congress. It doesn't have an exact date on it, but it says it was created somewhere between...
The Siege of Washington

Read This Book: The Siege of Washington

Buy this book and then read it (I bought the Kindle version). It is an excellent window into life in Washington City in the...