The Willard: Where hope collapsed as slavery raged

The delegates used separate hotel entrances: Pennsylvania Avenue for Northerners, F Street for Southerners.
They shouted, argued and one day almost came to blows before their chairman, a former U.S. president, yelled, “Order!”
Then, the day before Valentine’s Day 1861, one of the aged attendees passed away in his hotel room, begging colleagues from his deathbed to [...]

Archives won’t display altered Lincoln pardon

A pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln, with a date altered to make it appear to be one of the president’s final acts before his assassination, will be taken out of circulation at the National Archives, which disclosed the tampering last week.
The document, which the Archives says was changed by a Woodbridge history buff to amplify [...]

Lincoln pardon to be pulled

A pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln, with a date altered to make it appear to be one of the president’s final acts before his assassination, will be taken out of circulation at the National Archives, which disclosed the tampering this week.

The document, which the Archives says was changed by a Woodbridge history buff to amplify [...]

Stroke of Pen Altered Date, and a Tale of Lincoln, Too

Just hours before Abraham Lincoln “put on his hat and headed for Ford’s Theater,” on April 14, 1865, the president is said to have spared a mentally incompetent Army private the death penalty for desertion.
The legendary act of compassion was revealed by Thomas Lowry, an amateur historian, who said he found the pardon among hundreds [...]

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN RESERVATION FEE TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

The National Park Service (NPS) and Ford’s Theatre Society announced that the convenience charge for an advance group reservation to Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site will increase from $1.25 to $2.00 per ticket beginning September 1, 2011. The increase will not affect the free, same-day tickets distributed at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office. The increase [...]

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCE FORD’S THEATRE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE CLOSURE JANUARY 14, 2011

The National Park Service (NPS) and Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) announced that the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, comprising the Theatre and Museum (located at 511 10th Street, NW), will close to the public for facility maintenance on January 14, 2011. The Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) is currently closed for repair and [...]

Washington Post Tweets Civil War

As part of an initiative to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, The Washington Post is tweeting the events leading up to the secession of South Carolina, in the words of the people who lived it – from journals, letters, official records and newspaper of the day.
The cast of characters tweeted include Major [...]

A ‘beloved son’ of the Civil War

The lock of blond hair was probably clipped when the soldier was a child, tied in a knot and placed with the photo of him as a little boy, along with a note written years later by his stricken parent.

“My beloved son Carl,” the note read, “taken from me on April 1, 1865 at age [...]

Civil War Preservation Trust Earns Second Consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating

For the second consecutive year, Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator, has awarded the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) its coveted 4-star ranking, indicating it to be one of America’s best managed nonprofit groups.  Moreover, with a score of 68.84 out of a possible 70, the evaluation was the most favorable CWPT has yet received. 
“Civil [...]

US Mint using image of gunboat Cairo on America the Beautiful quarters being issued in 2011

The USS Cairo, a Civil War-era Union gunboat now preserved at the Vicksburg National Military Park, will be featured on the U.S. Mint’s new “American the Beautiful” quarters arriving in 2011.
The Vicksburg Post reports the quarter will carry the inscription “Vicksburg, Mississippi, 2011.” The image was designed by AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted [...]