Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Blocks strewn in front of the Capitol evidence of construction there. Far too many landmarks to name including government buildings- that wide street, for instance, know what we're looking at? Yes, I do, just wanted to see if they're familiar to anyone. Life. Washington D.C., 1865. A map overlay would blow your mind. One piece of war, maybe, is making a lonely trip. Could be to one of those churches for a funeral. A hearse, two men on the seat is headed towards the main thoroughfare. Where is it?
Taken from the Capitol building, this series of cityscapes is invaluable. Thanks to the magic of LoC, they're ours. It's a little thrilling- we're looking at someone's, a lot of someone's day- it's our backdrop to war. Have endlessly walked these streets, alleys, back yards and empty lots. Walked around my great great grandparent's home, a public house they ran across from the Capitol- poked around in their back yard toboot. It's crazy.
Caspari's, thank goodness the sign is there. Great grandmother born in that house, Dec., 1863. Lincoln bowled there, a hospital in that house from Bull Run to Appomattox.
Think that's Campbell, of Whitman fame, not Armory Square Hospital, DC had around a zillion. Harewood's view of the Capitol too distant, not Harewood, and Armory Square was closer to the now-defunct canal.
Crazy cool stuff- the neighborhood my great great grandparents knew- bet the corner grocer's is where she shopped. Drawing a thread through time, one of the twin babies she took with her, helped raise my mother when my grandmother died of TB. That was JPK's niece.
Yes, already have threads on these but every day you see someone else's life unfolding. Host the period photo forum? Locked and loaded. Can never get enough! Men resting from work, laundry on the line, carts and carriages and cows and business signs- found a hearse. Not uncommon those awful years. Soldier's? We'll never know. So find it. And name those streets.