Civil War Washington is directed by Susan C. Lawrence, Elizabeth Lorang, Kenneth M. Price, and Kenneth J. Winkle and is published by the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. (For more on project participants, see our participants page.) Civil War Washington allows users to study, visualize, and theorize the complex changes in the city of Washington, DC between 1860 and 1865 through a collection of datasets, images, texts, and maps. With the rest of the country, Washington and its people responded in dramatic and distinctive ways to the four years of war. Washington became the most fortified city in the world, and its population tripled. Troops, fugitive slaves, bureaucrats, prostitutes, actors, authors, doctors, nurses, and laborers were among those drawn to the capital by a sense of duty, desperation, or adventure. Rapid construction permanently transformed the city. Military installations, government buildings, hospitals, transportation routes, and all of the other structures required by a national capital at war started to fill in the spaces so grandly laid out in L'Enfant's 1791 plan for a utopian urban metropolis. With Civil War Washington, an interdisciplinary team of scholars has set out to study this transformation, one too vast and multi-faceted for treatment by traditional print scholarship.

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