The map did not disappoint. It indicates the location of several buildings and landmarks, including the Smithsonian Institution, the as-yet unfinished Washington Monument, the "President's House" (White House), the Capitol, and the War & Navy Department. The map also marks various points in Northern Virginia, such as Little Falls Bridge (Chain Bridge), Bailey's Cross Roads, and Arlington Heights.
|Photo of May 31, 1861 New York Semi-Weekly Tribune (courtesy of seller)|
In future posts, I may reference some of the more interesting articles in the newspaper. I am not sure if I will be collecting newspapers in addition to books, but I felt quite a connection to the past holding my new purchase, knowing that nearly 150 years ago, someone was getting a daily dose of war news from this paper. How did that person feel? What must it have been like to see such drama unfold? Collecting a document such as this conjures up all kinds of thoughts and images. I think I can see myself buying a few more old newspapers. Just don't tell my wife!