The Civil War

Photograph shows soldiers inside prison area where slaves were held.

The War For the Union – A Slave Pen in Alexandria

This is an incredible stereographic card, taken during the Civil War. It’s a powerful image of an Alexandria slave pen. Source: Library of Congress
Photo shows the mansion called Falkland, built in the 1850s as a summer residence and burned by either Confederate troops or camp followers on July 12, 1864.

Ruins of Montgomery Blair’s Home at Silver Spring

This is a photograph of Montgomery Blair’s home, known as Falkland, burnt on July 12th, 1864. Also, don’t forget to read our post on how Silver Spring got it’s name. Source: Library of Congress
1865 Civil War map of D.C.

Civil War Military Map of D.C. Area

We dug up this terrific Civil War map, circa 1865, at the Library of Congress. It shows Washington and the surroundings, including roads and forts near the end of the war. Source: Library of Congress
Hanging at Ft. Granger of William O Williams and Gip Peters Harper’s Weekly July 4 1863

Secesh Spies in a Union Tour

This guest post was written by Canden Schwantes and is an excerpt from her book Wicked Georgetown: Scoundrels, Sinners and Spies. William Orton Williams and Walter Gibson “Gip” Peter were cousins and as part of the...

Amazing Civil War Bird’s Eye View of Alexandria

I love this. You’ll love this too, I’m sure. It’s a bird’s eye view of Alexandria from the water in 1863. Thank you Library of Congress!
Fort Pennsylvania and encampment at Tennallytown near Washington, D.C. / drawn for Mr. George Baker by W.E. Cushing, Providence, R.I., 1862.

Fort Pennsylvania at Tennallytown in 1862

Below is a great Civil War drawing from 1862. It shows Fort Pennsylvania at Tennallytown, one of the many forts ringing Washington during the Civil War.

Amazing Civil War Photos of Fort Totten

With the massive popularity of our panorama shots from last week, we wanted to add another great series of shot for GoDCers this week. Take a look at these photographs from the Civil War.    
Thaddeus Lowe balloon being prepared

Union Army Balloon Corps is Born on the Mall

You may not know this, but Abraham Lincoln was a bit of a technophile. On June 18th, 1861, “Professor” Thaddeus Lowe ascended to a height of 500 feet above the National Mall, in front of where...

Civil War Bird’s Eye View of Washington Area

One of the first GoDCers, John, sent along an awesome old maps site a few days ago, appropriately named Old Maps Online. Poking around the site this past weekend (I was in a big map phase),...
Carver Barracks on Meridian Hill during the Civil War

Carver Barracks on Meridian Hill During the Civil War

Below is an amazing photograph of Carver Barracks on Meridian Hill during the Civil War. In the background, you can see Columbian College (i.e., George Washington University). You may recognize this from the Cultural Tourism D.C....
Civil War map of Confederate fortifications outside Washington

1861 Line of Rebel Fortifications Outside Washington

Happy Saturday GoDCers! We are digging through old maps to post next week, and we uncovered some great old Civil War maps in the Boston Public Library archives, including this one of the rebel fortifications just...
The Marshall House in Alexandria during the Civil War

The Marshall House in Alexandria

This is an incredible stereographic image of the Marshall House in Alexandria. We found this amazing shot at the Library of Congress. … and the reason this building is important is because it’s where the first...
Men and gun of 3d Massachusetts Heavy Artillery at ornamental gate of Fort Totten

When Ft. Totten Really Was a Fort

Have you ever wondered what Fort Totten looked like? Here is a photograph from just after the Civil War in 1865, showing men from the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery at the fort’s gate.
a death warrant being read to inmate Wirz on the gallows

Hanging a Confederate War Criminal

Here is a macabre photo share for a rainy Sunday. A death warrant is being read to a man about to be hanged. The man on the gallows is Henry Wirz, a confederate captain, being executed...

Christ Church in Alexandria During the Civil War

The next time you’re cruising around Alexandria, you need to swing by Christ Church. I hate to admit it, but prior to this photograph, I was not familiar with the church. Now, I will be heading...
Capitol Building circa 1863

East Front of the Capitol During the Civil War

Here is a wonderful photograph from the Civil War, taken by the acclaimed photographer Mathew Brady.

Civil War Map of D.C. Fortifications

Take a look at this Civil War map of D.C. and it’s surroundings. Click on it for greater detail and you’ll be able to see all the fortifications around the city (i.e., Fort Totten, Fort Lincoln,...
Arlington House (Library of Congress)

Why Is It Named Arlington?

Arlington is the epicenter of recent college graduates working as paralegals, consultants or in information technology. They fill the high-rise apartments or group homes lining Wilson Blvd., Fairfax Dr. and the Orange Line from Rosslyn out...
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