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Matthew B. Gilmore

Treasury Dept Collection of Confederate Records (RG 365) & the Civil War Special Agencies of the Treasury Dept (RG 366) moved to Archives I (downtown DC)

The Process: Moving RG 365 and 366 Records from Archives II to Archives I FROM: https://text-message.blogs.archives.gov/2017/05/16/the-process-moving-rg-365-and-366-records-from-archives-ii-to-archives-i/ Posted on May 16, 2017 by Netisha Today’s post was written by Amanda Landis and Ken … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Here to feast on historic places” — First Stirrings of Historic Preservation in Washington

For full article click: http://intowner.com/2016/12/25/here-to-feast-on-historic-places-first-stirrings-of-historic-preservation-in-washington/ To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* On May 18, 1932, “appropriate exercises” accompanied the placing of … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Washington DC History Books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history published  in 2016: The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. Lisa Benton-Short. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Bridge a Traffic Jam Built: Arlington Memorial Bridge

By Matthew B. Gilmore* Tip: Click any image in the article to view that image at a larger size. It was Armistice Day 1921. The holiday celebrating the end of … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Slavery and Emancipation in Washington, D.C. – Updated Bibliography

Updated April 2016. Check here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/slavery-and-emancipation-in-washington-d-c-updated-bibliography/   earlier version here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/28441/discussions/67624/slavery-emancipation-washington-dc-–-bibliography and earlier versions back to 2001 on H-DC.    

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

“High-handed usurpation and outrage”: The End of Washington City Canal

Benjamin Severson was incensed. The work he’d devoted so much time and energy into had been undone. Despite many critics, Severson, a civil engineer and foreman under Montgomery Meigs for … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Washington’s Lincoln: The First Monument to the Martyred President

Washington’s Lincoln: The First Monument to the Martyred President PUBLISHED: JANUARY 11TH, 2016 BY: Matthew B. Gilmore Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles. On May … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

DC Prisoners on the Hudson: Abraham Lincoln, Amos Pilsbury, and the Albany Penitentiary

DC Prisoners on the Hudson: Abraham Lincoln, Amos Pilsbury, and the Albany Penitentiary Published: December 17th, 2015 BY: Matthew B. Gilmore Click this to find our archive of What Once … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

RTB: Alford/Fortune’s Fool–Read this book! New and classic books for your DC history bookshelf

Note: this is the first in a continuing set of posts on important books (new and old) for those studying Washington DC history. Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes … Continue reading

December 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Civil War Washington panel at Upshur Street Books-May 15, 2015

Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm in EDT Upshur Street Books 827 Upshur St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011 https://www.facebook.com/events/376965989163879/ Upshur Books and History Press Present a panel featuring historians … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 5 Comments