The Washington Navy Yard During the Civil War

Capitol Hill During the Civil War

September 10, 2002
On September 10, 2002, American University professor and Civil War authority Edward C. Smith described how the conflict to preserve the Union profoundly altered the life of our community.

Smith recounted how the Navy Yard brought in hundreds of new workers to service the ships and churn out munitions for the war effort. A neighborhood church became a recruiting station for U.S. Colored Troop #1, and the largest temporary hospital in the city was built near the site of present-day Lincoln Park, treating thousands of wounded soldiers.

Professor Smith is a third-generation Washingtonian and the Director of American Studies at AU, where he taught since 1969. He's also achieved a wide following as a Civil War, African-American cultural heritage and art history lecturer and study tour leader for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, the National Park Service and the D.C. Historical Society.

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