Tag Archives: Washington DC

A “Dexteritous” Climb to the Top of the Capitol’s Unfinished Dome

It towered over Abraham Lincoln during his inauguration on March 4, 1861 as a fitting symbol for the task ahead of the new president and the state of the country. Unfinished but a work in progress, the construction of the … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday – African American Civil War Memorial Museum Is Expanding

Just last week, the African American Civil War Memorial Museum made a major announcement and held a groundbreaking ceremony – to greatly expand their museum in Washington, DC.

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On Anniversaries and the Timeline of History

The Battle of Gettysburg took place 155 years ago last month. Seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? Seems even further back to the founding of the United States in the 1780s, right? “Dates are the pegs on which we … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign–September 7, 1862

The gathering Confederate army resting along the Monocacy River outside of Frederick used Sunday, September 7 to relax peacefully in their new camps, preparing for the next campaign. Robert E. Lee believed his army safely ensconced in western Maryland, with … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The National Portrait Gallery

While Washington, D.C. is awash in Civil War sites and monuments, one place you might not think to add to your list—but is definitely worth a stop—is the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Located on 8th and … Continue reading

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Pick #2 on My Top Ten List–Reveille In Washington 1860-1865, by Margaret Leech

Part of a Series: Books Every Civil War Buff Ought to Own Pick number two in my Top 10 List: Reveille In Washington 1860-1865. Many books about the Civil War have been written, and many are good, but one that … Continue reading

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