What was Washington, D.C., like during the Civil War?

Displacing the cows that grazed at the foot of the Washington Monument and the pigs that rolled in the muddy canal in front of the Capitol building, thousands of Union soldiers from around the country arrived in Washington in 1861 to prepare for battle. At the time, you could stroll into the White House on a whim, newly elected President Abraham Lincoln conducted official business from his room at the Willard Hotel, the Capitol’s iconic dome was still under construction, and the Sixth Street Wharf and Navy Yard were the busiest places in town.

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Want to study the American Civil War?

The Great Courses offers an home-based study on the American Civil War through the format of DVD, or video download. The Professor is Dr Gary Gallagher.  I highly recommend it.

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620,000 trees being planted in honor of the Civil War-dead

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Civil War hero to receive Medal of Honor 150 years later

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New Smithsonian book makes a great gift this Holiday season

SmithbookSmithsonian Civil War is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian’s collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war through the Reconstruction period. The perfect gift book for fathers and history lovers, Smithsonian Civil War combines one-of-a-kind, famous, and previously unseen relics from the war in a truly unique narrative. Visit the Amazon link.

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Twelve Years a Slave movie is a cinematic gem

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9th Indiana Cav images go for big bucks at auction

A couple of tintypes of 9th Indiana Cavalry subjects went for big bucks at auction on Cowan’s in November.

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