National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: July 4, 1861

Special Session of Congress

19th century Congress in session

President Lincoln convenes a special session of Congress to ask for help conducting and funding the war and outlines the events that ignited the conflict.

Now: September 2, 2005

Emergency Response

Satellite view of Hurricane Katrina

Congress calls itself into an emergency session to authorize $62.3 billion in aid for the recent victims of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.

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