The Center Loop, the heart of the downtown heritage trail along Seventh, F, and 10th streets, focuses on Washington at the time of the Civil War. This is the neighborhood of Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, and John Wilkes Booth, and an area often visited by Abraham Lincoln. The West Loop takes you into a former residential neighborhood. Jefferson Davis attended one of its churches before the Civil War, and President Lincoln attended another during the conflict. The East Loop continues the story of the struggle for equal rights for all citizens. Here Daniel Webster worked to hold the Union together, and in 1862, eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation, Washington's old City Hall was the site of "compensated emancipation" in the District.
Washington, DC | The memorial sits at the base of the West Front of the Capitol Building, opposite from the Lincoln Memorial, so that the general who fought for the Union could forever face the president who saved the Union.
Washington, DC | This national monument is the "first" national memorial to the 209,145 African-American soldiers and their 7, 000 white officers who fought in the American Civil War from 1862 to 1865.
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