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Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront

 
 
Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 24, 2017
1. Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront Marker
Inscription. Private river commerce along the waterfront was disrupted during the Civil War when Washington became the headquarters and supply center of the Union Army. Wharves were appropriated for military purposes, and Water Street was opened and paved for military traffic. New wharves and warehouses were built along the waterfront to accommodate military shipping needs, and soldiers arrived and departed from the waterfront.
 
Location. 38° 52.74′ N, 77° 1.583′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Maine Avenue SW and 9th Street SW, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the District Pier in Southwest Washington. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Underground Railroad and Waterway (a few steps from this marker); Navigating the Potomac River (a few steps from this marker); African-American History in Southwest (within shouting distance of this marker); Creating the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Urban Renewal (within shouting distance of this
Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 24, 2017
2. Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront Marker
marker); Long Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Houseboats on the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); America's Oldest Operating Fish Market (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Union Troops in front of the Hotel at the Long Bridge image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Union Troops in front of the Hotel at the Long Bridge
Birds eye view of Sixth Street Wharf, Washington, D.C.<br>c. 1863 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Birds eye view of Sixth Street Wharf, Washington, D.C.
c. 1863
“Print shows the busy wharves in southwest Washington, DC, where wounded soldiers often arrived. In the foreground, the U.S.M. paddle steamboat ‘John Brooks’ filled with Union soldiers in the foreground, soldiers standing on dock at left, and the Mount Vernon Hotel (the Thomas Law House) flying the American flag. In the background are the unfinished Washington Monument (left), the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Capitol, portrayed as if the dome were completed (right)." — Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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