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Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

War and Peace

Village in the City

 

—Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2017
1. War and Peace Marker
Inscription.  The mansion of Samuel P. Brown, Mount Pleasant's founder once stood in the middle of the block to your left. During the Civil War, Brown bought 73 acres here for a song from William Selden, a former U.S. treasurer. Selden believed the Confederacy would win the war, so he sold his holdings and retreated home to Virginia. Brown planned to sell Selden's land as building lots once peace arrived.

As the war raged (1861-1865), Union camps and hospitals filled these hilltops. Brown regularly hosted wounded soldiers from Maine, where he had been a state legislator.

The Union's wartime occupation of Washington left the city in terrible shape. Congress debated moving the nation's capital to St. Louis or another heartland location. Fortunately, after Alexander "Boss" Shepherd's Board of Public Works rebuilt and improved the city, the government decided to stay. Well-connected land speculators such as Brown, who was also a member of the Board of Public Works, profited as a result.

In 1906 a group of neighbors purchased this triangle in order to stop commercial construction here. The group then sold the property to the city
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2017
2. War and Peace Marker
for use as a public park. In the process they also revived the Mount Pleasant Citizens Association to bring community concerns to the three presidentially appointed commissioners then governing Washington, DC.

During the early 1960s, the triangle park was a favorite hangout for area teenagers. "You could always find your friends there or at the Argyle drug store," recalled Bob Sciandra, a former resident.

Captions:
Samuel P. Brown, left, and the mansion where he hosted Civil War wounded.

An 1867 Boyd's City Directory ad for Samuel P. Brown's businesses.

These early wood frame houses once stood where the 3336-3360 Mount Pleasant St. apartments are today.

Charlene Arnold and Dandy Weadon, Mount Pleasant teens of the early 1960s.

From left, Joan Nottingham, Sue Tinsley, April Best, and Gracie Tamborelle hang out at the Park Road triangle park, around 1963.
 
Erected 2006 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.956′ N, 77° 2.38′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Park Road Northwest and Mount Pleasant Street Northwest on Park Road Northwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of Park Road Triangle Park. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casualties Arriving at Mount Pleasant General Hospital, May 1864 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Changing Fashions (about 400 feet away); Main Street (about 400 feet away); Streetcar Suburb (about 600 feet away); Nacotchtank Family at the Piney Branch Quarry, ca. 1600 (about 700 feet away); At Home and Abroad (about 700 feet away); Twenty-seven Little Flags (about 700 feet away); Village Life (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 25, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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