|(courtesy of Lincoln in Washington)|
The map provides incredible insights into Washington at the time of the Civil War. One side depicts wartime Lafayette Square, near the White House, and discusses twenty-three sites connected with Lincoln that were located on or near the square, including the Wilkes-Madison House, where Gen. George B. McClellan worked and resided in the late summer and fall of 1861. O'Brien has also written special inserts on "Lincoln in Public," the headquarters building for the Defenses of Washington, and Secretary of State William Seward's house. The reverse side of Lincoln in Washington contains a period map of Washington marking forty-nine other sites associated with the 16th President. O'Brien offers descriptions for each of these places of interest. Some of the sites are well-known, like Ford's Theatre and Willard's Hotel. Many others, such as Secretary of War Simon Cameron's house, are more obscure, and reflect O'Brien's thorough research on Civil War Washington. And yes, the Winder Building is included. Some of these places are still standing, while others have been demolished, and the map simply indicates the former location.
The map is a must-have for Lincoln buffs, as well as Civil War enthusiasts with an interest in Washington City at the time of the conflict. O'Brien tells me that the map is for sale at Ford's Theatre and the Lincoln Memorial. But never fear. You can order a copy here.
I'd also like to welcome John to the blogosphere. He has started a blog, Lincoln in Washington, where he provides readers with even more detail on the various sites related to the 16th President in the nation's capital. Despite the summer humidity, I can't wait to start hitting the streets of downtown DC armed with information from O'Brien's map and blog!