Library of Congress
Can you trace your family to the Civil War period in Washington, DC? The National Park Service, in partnership with American University, is undertaking a project to document the local history of African American communities associated with eight Civil War Defense sites in DC.
Did You Know?
The design for the Defenses of Washington was based on a textbook published in 1836 called A TREATISE ON FIELD FORTIFICATIONS, by Dennis Hart Mahan. Mahan was a professor of civil and military engineering at West Point.