Civil War Washington is a project that “allows users to study, visualize, and theorize the complex changes in the city of Washington, DC between 1860 and 1865 through a collection of datasets, images, texts, and maps.”

Civil War Washington has a searchable database which “identifies people, places, organizations, documents, and events that have a connection to Civil War DC, and includes more than 7,000 records documenting these entities and their relationships. The database will continue to grow over time. Users will find more information on the types of records and sources of information below. Users can browse and search within specific sections of the database or across its entirety. Basic keyword and advanced searches are available.”

A disclaimer about the data: “The majority of person records represented in the database have been derived from two sources: the multi-volume Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion and population schedules of the 1860 census from Ward 1 in the District of Columbia. In addition, we have added records for other individuals documented as having been in Washington during the war on a limited, case-by-case basis. At present, the people section of the database is neither comprehensive nor representative of the populations living in and moving through DC during the war. As Civil War Washington develops, this section of the database will continue to grow, as will the range of people represented in the database and the sources of information about them. For example, in the near future we will add all people mentioned in the petitions filed in response to the DC Emancipation Act of 1862, as well as individuals from the remaining six wards of the 1860 census schedules.”


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