Tag: The Civil War

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...
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...
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...
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...

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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
150 Rhode Island Ave. NW

If Walls Could Talk: The Seaton at 150 Rhode Island Ave....

I received an email from a reader saying she learned of Ghosts of DC through this post on Big Bear Cafe. She kindly asked...
Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

Thanks For the Encouragement

Okay, it turns out it's not exactly easy to crank out two or three posts each day. So far, I'm averaging three posts daily...
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...
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...