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CONTENTS SET THREE:

Topic Eighteen:  The Lincolns in Washington D.C. & Washington D.C. During the Civil War & General Chronology

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GO HERE FOR A MAP OF LINCOLN'S WASHINGTON D.C.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND ON A SWAMP

        The Lincolns had lived in Washington D.C. when Abraham served in Congress in the 1840's.   They rented space in a large boarding house.  In 1861, the Lincolns would move into a mansion.   In actuality, the nation's capitol was under construction.  The U.S. capitol building was getting a dome.  Washington monument had been started.  The streets were muddy.  The water supply was polluted, and city buildings were turned into hospitals and places for wounded soldiers to stay.   The city was nearly totally surrounded by military forts.  The White House was not private, but the opposite-- was constantly full of people coming and going at free will. 
        The Lincolns would end up living at the Soldiers Home, at the edge of the city.  It contained sick and wounded soldiers and sailors.  Mary was a volunteer to help these men in things like writing letters home for them, and visiting.  The Soldiers Home provided a little peace in the Lincoln family's routine, which was not available at the White House.

A HISTORY OF WASHINGTON D.C.

        Washington D.C. was not always the United States Capitol.  George Washington was given authority to select a site for a new capitol, to be ready to be moved to by 1800.  These sites have information for Washington D.C. during the Civil War.

 

To Answer the Questions, use "Mr. Lincoln's White House:  Nearby Washington" to find out lots of details about life in the southern city--our National Capitol.

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