Category Archives: Washington

December 21, 1865: A little of this and that.

Woman on the ice at St. Louis, 1905 ******************** A variety of items from the Dec. 21, 1865 Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus. First, a note about the ice on the Mississippi breaking up at St. Louis. This may sound strange … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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May 9, 1861: Zouaves in Washington

Fire Zouaves saving Willard’s Hotel Among the many troops suddenly descending on Washington D.C. were the colorfully uniformed “Fire Zouaves” of New York. Recruited by Elmer Ellsworth from New York City firemen and clad in bright red pants, they were … Continue reading

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April 25, 1861: Troops reach Washington — Butler commands Annapolis

Washington was feeling increasingly besieged, and waited anxiously for troops from the loyal states. Secessionists in Baltimore threatened the troops attempting to pass through Maryland. General Butler was given command of Annapolis, the closest port by which troops could reach … Continue reading

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