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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Panoramic View of Alexandria

 
 
Panoramic View of Alexandria Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 23, 2006
1. Panoramic View of Alexandria Marker
Click on the image to zoom in and view Brady's panorama. The street you see in the distance is the King Street, which runs straight from this spot to its foot at the Potomac River.
Inscription. Mathew Brady – 1864. Camp of the 44th New York Volunteer Infantry, also known as the "Ellsworth Avengers" and the "People's Ellsworth Regiment." The unit was raised in honor of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, who was killed at the Marshall House Hotel on May 24, 1861, during the Union Army's occupation of Alexandria. The 44th New York was stationed at Alexandria from January 24, to April 29, 1964, and assigned to guard duty on U.S. Military Railroad trains. The unit's regimental history, published in 1911, provides a detailed description of its camp on Shuter's Hill.

. . . the regiment went into permanent camp for the rest of the winter, at the head of King Street. The grounds were spacious and the camp was laid out with great regularity. it is not too much to say that when completed the camp was a model in all its detail. After the streets and tents of the regiment had been put in superior condition, a beautiful arch was created at the foot of each street. All the arches except the central arch were of similar design and construction, elaborately and beautifully trimmed with evergreens.

On Sunday, the 20th of March, an artist came from Brady's famous war-time picture gallery in Washington and took different
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 23, 2006
2. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
This photo was taken from the Amtrak Station at the head of King Street, looking up to the Memorial to the west.
impressions of the camp from which large pictures were made, many of which are still preserved by members and friends of the regiment.

 
Location. 38° 48.443′ N, 77° 3.9′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Callahan Drive near King Street (Virginia Route 7). Click for map. Marker is on the George Washington Masonic National Memorial grounds, on a landing of the ceremonial steps leading up to the memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria VA 22301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fighting Back (about 500 feet away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SW 2 (about 700 feet away); Alexandria (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Ellsworth (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the George Washington Masonic National Memorial grounds, on a landing of the ceremonial steps leading up to the memorial. Parking is available at the memorial, or you can walk up the steps from the street.
 
Regarding Panoramic View of Alexandria.
Panoramic View of Alexandria from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 23, 2006
3. Panoramic View of Alexandria from Marker
Photos 3, 4, and 5 are the present-day view from this location. Set side-by-side they would emulate Brady's panorama. This is the view northeast.
Brady's panoramic view of the military camp, showing the rest of Alexandria on the horizon, is reproduced on the marker, along with a list of numbered Alexandria landmarks that can be seen. The marker appears to be placed at a location close to where Brady's artist took the photographs that were combined into the panorama.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brady, Mathew B., photographer. full-length seated. Photograph of the photographer from the Treasurenet Historical Image Collection. Click on the image to view. (Submitted on March 23, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 

2. Occupation of Alexandria. (Submitted on March 23, 2006.)
3. 44th Infantry Regiment. From the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center (Submitted on March 23, 2006.) 

4. The Murder of Colonel Ellsworth. Harper's Weekly article and pictures. (Submitted on March 23, 2006.) 

5. The Civil War in Alexandria. (Submitted on March 23, 2006.)
6. Occupied city: Portrait of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia. Book by Jeremy J. Harvey at Amazon.com (Submitted on March 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 

7. The Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad In The Civil War. (Submitted on March 23, 2006.)
8. George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Official Web Site. (Submitted on March 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. George Washington Masonic
View Straight Ahead image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 23, 2006
4. View Straight Ahead
King Street is in the center of this photograph.
National Memorial Grounds

Click on the map link, switch to satellite view, and zoom in further to examine the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. It was on the west side of the hill on which the Memorial now stands that the camp depicted in the panorama was raised.
    — Submitted March 23, 2006.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Southeast View image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 23, 2006
5. Southeast View
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,744 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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