Living in Washington, DC During the Civil War: 1861-65 Tour @ Newseum, Washington [25 June]

Living in Washington, DC During the Civil War: 1861-65 Tour

18:15 - 20:15

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555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
When we think of the Civil War the first things that come to mind are typically either prominent historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee, or the major battles such as Manassas, Antietam and Gettysburg.

But for regular, everyday people, what was it like to actually live in Washington, DC during the Civil War? For example, if you were in the city between 1861-65 ….
• What career opportunities are there — civilian and military?
• What type of housing do you have?
• How would you get around town (pre Metro)?
• How would you spend your free time?
• Have you met Walt Whitman, Clara Barton, Louisa May Alcott or Frederick Douglass?
• Where were you when you heard that President Lincoln had been shot?

Today Washington, DC is a major metropolitan area and one of the world’s great, cosmopolitan cities, with a population of over 6 million people. However, prior to 1861 Washington was just a “sleepy Southern town” of approximately 60,000 people, with most living between the White House and the Capitol. The Civil War changed that. We’ll see several buildings that date from the Civil War era (and before) and learn how Washington, DC changed from 1861-65.

“Living in Washington, DC During the Civil War: 1861-65” Guided Walking Tour will be led by Robert, the founder of Washington, DC History & Culture. Our two hour (may go a little longer) will cover approximately a mile and a half with visits to the exterior of the following sites:

The Newseum (starting point)
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
National Building Museum
Mary Surratt Boarding House (Wok and Roll)
Patent Office (American Art Museum / National Portrait Gallery)
Ford’s Theatre
Peterson House (ending point)


Registration: FREE — this event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend, including children and groups.

Weather: This event will take place light rain (sprinkles) or shine. If it’s on our calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled.

Meeting Point: Outside the Newseum’s Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.

Ending Point: The Peterson House (across the street from Ford’s Theater).

Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know.


This program is sponsored by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.
“Bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”

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We look forward to seeing you — thanks!

Robert Kelleman
[email protected]
202-821-6325 (text)
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