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"How this City has changed! Do you remember that despite being our nation's capital, Washington was a small rural city of a few thousand residents. It used to empty out during the hot and damp summers. Now it swells with people."
"There are hospitals, wounded soldiers, marching soldiers, freed slaves, and workers everywhere."
"We were faced with an open rebellion, Thank God President Abraham Lincoln began organizing a military force to protect Washington. You can see it all around you."
"The Confederates want to make Washington City their capital and they're massing to take it. Thank God the forces are beginning to trickle in to the city."
"On April 19, the riots in Baltimore threatened more reinforcement soldiers from arriving. I hear Andrew Carnegie built a railroad clear round Baltimore! We saw more soldiers getting off the trains on April 25. He saved the capital!"
"Thousands of raw volunteers and many professional soldiers came to Washington to fight for the Union. Now, Washington is teeming with volunteer regiments and artillery batteries from throughout the North, and the city is a staging area."
"Ever since Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell's army staggered back into Washington we know the war won’t be over soon. Now, we’ve got to fortify our city in case of a Rebel assault.</blockquote>
"Lincoln knows he’s got to have a professional and trained army to protect the Capital City. That’s why he’s organizing the Department on the Potomac and the Army of the Potomac."
"We welcome the arriving troops, though some don’t. There’s a lot of Rebel sympathizers in this city." * Interview this person >>
"Freed slaves are constructing forts and barricades around the city and workers are flocking to the City." * Interview this person >>