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Battle of Fort Stevens
- Short account of the battle in which General Jubal Early's Confederate forces were repulsed at Fort Stevens, just north of Washington, in July 1864.
The Civil War Defenses of Washington
- Describes the system of forts defending the city during the Civil War. Official National Park Service site.
The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865
- Documents daily life in Washington, D.C., through the eyes of Taft, an examiner for the U.S. Patent Office, and includes an account of Lincoln's assassination. Site has page images of the three manuscript volumes, transcriptions, and a biography of Taft. Part of the Library of Congress American Memory site.
Mr. Lincoln's White House
- An account of Lincoln and of the White House and Washington during his Presidency.
Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers
- Greenhow, a leader in Washington society, was also one of the most celebrated Confederate spies in the Civil War. Site has letters and news clippings from the collections of Duke University, plus historical background information.
Rose O'Neal Greenhow, 1814-1864: My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington
- In this 1863 autobiography, the Washington, D.C., socialite and Confederate spy told her story and gave her view of contemporary events. Full text (352 pages). A volume in Documenting the American South, a series of electronic text reprints.
Virginia Lomax, b. 1831: The Old Capitol and Its Inmates
- 1867 first-person account of life in the Old Capitol Prison and Carrol Prison, which housed prisoners during the Civil War. Full text (226 pages). A volume in Documenting the American South, a series of electronic text reprints.
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