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  • Civil War Washington: History, Place, and Digital Scholarship
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  • Susan C. Lawrence
  • 2015
  • Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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While it is impossible to re-create the tumultuous Washington DC of the Civil War, Civil War Washington sets out to examine the nation’s capital during the Civil War along with the digital platform (civilwardc.org) that reimagines it during those turbulent years.

Among the many topics covered in the volume is the federal government’s experiment in compensated emancipation, which went into effect when all of the capital’s slaves were freed in April 1862. Another essay explores the city’s place as a major center of military hospitals, patients, and medical administration. Other contributors reflect on literature and the war, particularly on the poetry published in hospital newspapers and Walt Whitman’s formative experiences with the city and its wounded.

The digital project associated with this book offers a virtual examination of the nation’s capital from multiple perspectives. Through a collection of datasets, visual works, texts, and maps, the digital project offers a case study of the social, political, cultural, and scientific transitions provoked or accelerated by the Civil War. The book also provides insights into the complex and ever-shifting nature of ongoing digital projects while encouraging others to develop their own interpretations and participate in the larger endeavor of digital history.

Table of Contents

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Civil War Washington: The City and the Site
  2. Susan C. Lawrence, Elizabeth Lorang, Brett Barney, Kenneth M. Price
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Developing Civil War Washington
  2. Katherine L. Walter, Elizabeth Lorang, Stacy Rickel, Karin Dalziel
  3. pp. 13-34
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  1. 3. Historical Geography, GIS, and Civil War Washington
  2. Rob Shepard
  3. pp. 35-54
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  1. 4. Emancipation in the District of Columbia
  2. Kenneth J. Winkle
  3. pp. 55-78
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  1. 5. Mining the Compensated Emancipation Petitions
  2. Kenneth J. Winkle
  3. pp. 79-104
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  1. 6. Military Hospitals in the Department of Washington
  2. Susan C. Lawrence
  3. pp. 105-132
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  1. 7. Reading Civil War Medical Cases
  2. Susan C. Lawrence
  3. pp. 133-160
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  1. 8. Poetry, Washington DC’s Hospital Newspapers, and the Civil War
  2. Elizabeth Lorang
  3. pp. 161-186
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  1. 9. Walt Whitman and Civil War Washington
  2. Kenneth M. Price
  3. pp. 187-206
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-219
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