Contraband and Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial

Contraband and Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial

A presentation by Fran Bromberg about the creation, forgetting, and rededication of the cemetery on South Washington Street

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Steamboats Across the Potomac

Steamboats Across the Potomac

Fortunately, a much calmer boat ride to Nats Park from the Alexandria waterfront last week than in October 1862.

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Upon Hearing about the Death of Abraham Lincoln

Upon Hearing about the Death of Abraham Lincoln

Julia Wilbur records what she felt and saw the day after Lincoln's assassination.

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Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

In 1861, Julia Wilbur celebrated Thanksiving quietly in New York State. The following year was a different story.

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Lost Alexandria

Lost Alexandria

Lance Mallamo helped a rapt audience "find" some pieces of lost Alexandria.

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Update--Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

Update--Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

The Confederate veteran has stood on Alexandria's main north-south thoroughfare for more than 100 years. What should happen to it now?

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Q-and-A with Pamela Toler, author of Heroines of Mercy Street

Q-and-A with Pamela Toler, author of Heroines of Mercy Street

Historian and author Pamela Toler posed some questions to me about Julia Wilbur and Civil War Alexandria.

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Creating & Testing a "Julia Wilbur in Civil War Alexandria" Walking Tour

Creating & Testing a "Julia Wilbur in Civil War Alexandria" Walking Tour

I created a Julia Wilbur Walking Tour. Here's how. (And I will do it again, now that I have road-tested it!)

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Emancipation: A Step into the Unknown

Emancipation: A Step into the Unknown

About 500,000 left slavery during the Civil War. As Chandra Manning's new book details, they took enormous risks in their search for freedom.

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The Morning After

The Morning After

Julia Wilbur records what she felt and saw the day after Lincoln's assassination.

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Mathew Brady's Photographs of Civil War Alexandria

Mathew Brady's Photographs of Civil War Alexandria

The story behind 6 Mathew Brady photos of Civil War, Alexandria.

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Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

In 1861, Julia Wilbur celebrated Thanksiving quietly in New York State. The following year was a different story.

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L'Ouverture Hospital and My 4.5 Minutes of Fame

L'Ouverture Hospital and My 4.5 Minutes of Fame

I took part in a November 19 ceremony to inaugurate a historical marker at the location of L'Ouverture Hospital in Alexandria.

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Walking Tour: Women of Civil War Alexandria

Walking Tour: Women of Civil War Alexandria

I (and Julia Wilbur, in spirit) tagged along on a National Women's History Museum walking tour of Alexandria Civil War women.

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The Alexanders of Alexandria

The Alexanders of Alexandria

The Alexander family? The city on the Nile? No one is 100% sure how Alexandria, Virginia, got its name.

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Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

The Confederate veteran has stood on Alexandria's main north-south thoroughfare for more than 100 years. Once grass grew between the cobblestones at his feet.

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Julia Wilbur's Alexandria: The "Slave Pen"

 On the first morning after the Union occupation of Alexandria, May 22, 1861, Michigan troops came upon what had been a flourishing slave-trading establishment on Duke Street, less than a mile from the Potomac River.

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Julia Wilbur's Alexandria

My friend Mary visited from Connecticut and asked for a tour of Julia Wilbur sites in Alexandria. (She is a fellow history nut, writer, and great friend, as I am not sure who else would indulge me on a hot summer day!) We didn't have much time, but off we went to some of the spots on a map I built:

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Save Our Ship!

Early port-improvers used whatever materials they had available--including pieces of "trash" ships, a recent find a few months ago at 220 South Union Street, future site of the Hotel Indigo.

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Speak, Sister!

Music and storytelling were a huge part of the 19th century...

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