Library of Congress Posts 700 Civil War Photos to Flickr

The Library of Congress has released 700 portraits of Americans taken during the Civil War. They were a gift of the Liljenquist Family Collection and most of the people who appear in them are unidentified. In fact, through Flickr commons, the Library is hoping to tap the collective knowledge of the crowd to find out [...]

Civil War graves found in Washington, D.C., park

A Washington, D.C., park popular with residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood has soccer fields, a basketball court, a toddler playground, fenced dog run and plenty of green grass and park benches. What many local residents didn’t know was that the seven-acre Walter Pierce community park, near the intersection of Columbia and Adams Mill Rds. [...]

To arrive in Michigan’s Henry Ford museum, Lincoln’s fateful chair took circuitous journey

Some time before the April 14, 1865, performance of “Our American Cousin,” Joe Simms, a Ford’s Theatre employee, carried a lushly upholstered rocking chair into what was to become the presidential box. The chair belonged to theater manager Harry Clay Ford and was among items moved in to make the presidential party more comfortable.
After the [...]

DIVIDED WE FALL: Civil War display tells it as it was

In April 1961, the National Archives in Washington opened a major exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. It did not even mention slavery or emancipation.
That the Archives would gloss over the causes and consequences of the Civil War in telling its history seems incredible, but it reflects the tensions that ran high [...]

Review: National Archives exhibit on the Civil War

Following up on last April’s “Discovering the Civil War” Part One, the National Archives opened its “Discovering the Civil War” Part Two on Wednesday, the continuation of an exhibition so large that it was forced to show it in two installments. The new show, opening just in time for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s 1860 [...]

A home for Civil War history

Richard S. Lyons was a carpenter checking on the decrepit building that had fallen into the hands of the government. He was alone, and it was raining. He had gone to the vacant third floor of the structure in downtown Washington, when he heard a noise.

He looked around but found nothing. He heard it again [...]

Washington Post Launches Civil War Sesquicentennial Site: Civil War 150

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Washington Post will provide special ongoing coverage with commentary from experts, sesquicentennial news and an updating event calendar at Civil War 150:
Below is a sampling of some of the articles and features on the site today.  The Washington Post will also have a special Civil [...]

Mathew Brady: Civil War photographer


Washington, D.C.: 1860 and today

A photographic slide-show.

Civil War panelists join ‘A House Divided’

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War is a grand opportunity for me to expand “A House Divided” by adding a new feature. Beginning Nov.1, we will have a Q&A column with responses from some of the best known and most thoughtful experts on the war. For this panel, we solicited about 25 historians, professors, archivists, [...]