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Select book listBrooks, Noah. Washington in Lincoln's time.1958 repr.
E501 .B87 1989 Library of Congress
[_____.] Lincoln observed: civil war dispatches of Noah Brooks. 1998.
Cooling, B. F. Jubal Early's raid on Washington, 1864. 1989.
_____. Mr. Lincoln's forts: a guide to the Civil War defenses of Washington. 1988.
[Evening Star (Washington, D.C.)]. Mirror of war: the Washington Star reports the Civil War. 1961.
Forman, Stephen M. A guide to Civil War Washington. 1995.
Jacob, Kathryn Allamong. Testament to Union: Civil War monuments in Washington, D.C. 1998.
Judge, Joseph. Season of fire: the Confederate strike on Washington. 1994.
Kane, Harnett T. Spies for the blue and gray. 1954.
Kimmel, Stanley. Mr. Lincoln's Washington. 1957.
Lee, Elizabeth Blair. Wartime Washington: the Civil War letters of Elizabeth Blair Lee. 1991.
Leech, Margaret. Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865. 1941.
Lessoff, Alan. The nation and its city. 1994.
McClure, Stanley W. The defenses of Washington, 1861-1865.
Miller, David V. The Defenses of Washington during the Civil War. 1976.
Muir, Dorothy Troth. Mount Vernon: the Civil War years. 1993.
Pryor, Mrs. Roger A. Reminiscences of peace and war. 1908, repr. 1970.
Ross, Ishbel. Rebel Rose. 1954.
Stearns, Amanda Akin. The lady nurse of Ward E. 1909.
Trindal, Elizabeth Steger. Mary Surratt: an American tragedy. 1996.
Whyte, James H. The uncivil war: Washington during the Reconstruction. 1958.
Wills, Mary Alice. The Confederate blockade of Washington, D.C., 1861-1862. 1975.
Wilson, John Moulder, 1837-1919.
The defenses of Washington, 1861-1865. Prepared by Companion Brigadier-General John M. Wilson and read at the stated meeting of December 4, 1901.
NewspapersDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM IN THE WASHINGTONIANA DIVISION
1860-1869 Daily National Intelligencer October 31, 1800 - December 31, 1869.
National Era January 7, 1847 - March 22, 1860.
Evening Star December 16, 1852 - July 17, 1973.
Daily Morning Chronicle November 5, 1862 - January 31, 1877
Daily National Republican November 20, 1860 - June 11, 1888
Daily Constitutional Union June 8, 1863 - Dec. 24, 1866; May 1 - June 29, 1867
see also: Newspaper microfilm finder
PhotographsThe Washington Historical Image Collection is based on the 1945 E.B. Thompson purchase. The Library bought approximately 2,000 glass plate negatives from a local photographer, E. (Ezra) B. Thompson, for $1000. Eventually prints were made from these plates and in turn negatives made for circulating. Many other items have been accreted to the collection since 1945 from many sources. Images including photographs, engravings or drawings from books, magazines, and newspapers were added. Some photographs were purchased from the Evening Star and others from the Library of Congress. All told, the collection now contains over 20,000 images or 100 linear feet of material. What makes this collection so special is that it is browseable and that negatives can be borrowed. Copyright permissions must, however, be determined by the user. The collection illustrates downtown Washington predominantly and the federal buildings found therein (the Capitol, the White House, the Treasury). Street scenes and houses (downtown Washington and Georgetown) are another strength. Most materials are from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth although some date back to 1800 and some up to the 1970s. Civil War materials include oversized images, a few of which are on display.
D.C. Community Archives:Records of The D.C. Civil War Centennial Commission (Collection 7). The collection was donated to the Archives by Paul J. Sedgwick, Chairman of the Commission and includes documentation of the Commission's activities as well as some of the materials it collected. The Collection contains photographs, clippings, press releases, and programs of Centennial events and correspondence maintained by Mr. Sedgwick from 1959 through 1966. The collection also includes historic photographs used in various commemorations and events planned during the Centennial. The total volume of the collection is approximately 1.5 cubic feet.
Related D.C.C.W.C.C. can be found at the District of Columbia Archives.
Civil War era letters can be found at a variety of D.C repositories, including the Historical Society of Washington: MSS 137, 238, 241, 417, 425. Collections: DC lists a number of Civil War material at a variety of locations.
Matthew Gilmore, December 2003 (12/97)