Congress and The Civil War

"Resolution by Mr. Clark to expel certain Senators from the Senate," July 10, 1861 National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the U.S. Senate

"HR 165, A Bill making an appropriation for completing the defences of Washington," December 20, 1861
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

"The Troops in Washington, D.C.- Drilling in the Grounds on the North Side of the Capitol"
Artist unknown, from Frank Lesliešs Illustrated Newspaper, ca. 1862
United States Senate Collection

Photograph of Capitol with unfinished dome
By Brady Studios, 1860
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Chief Signal Officer

A New York regiment, "the fire Zouaves," whose members were drawn chiefly from the ranks of the New York City Fire Department, were quartered briefly in the chamber of the House of Representatives.
Drawing from Harperšs Weekly, 1861
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the National Archives and Records Administration

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