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Civil War DC: Spies, Murder Bay, and Lincoln's Last Days

H. Katherine Fisher Tours

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Come along and see how the city of Washington, DC changed dramatically during the Civil War as residents shifted their peacetime daily lives to those of wartime while Abraham Lincoln built a command center in and around the White House neighborhood. On this journey, you will explore this command center, learn how Union and Confederate Spies tried to one up each other on a daily basis, discover the numerous threats to Abraham Lincoln, and walk the streets of Murder Bay, home to more than 100 brothels, many infamously associated with a Civil War general. You will also discover how women served the war effort in the roles of nurse, spy, hostess, camp follower, seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln, and even surgeon. This is the ultimate tour for Civil War buffs to learn about daily life in Washington, DC during the war.

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Stop At: Equestrian Statue Of Andrew Jackson, H St NW In Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC

The starting point of the tour is the Andrew Jackson statue in the center of the park. The tour will begin with a discussion of Confederate and Union spy activity in and around Lafayette Square followed by an introduction to the Lincoln Assassination with a discussion of the attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Seward. This section of the tour will end at the Dolley Madison House and see who was living there during the Civil War.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: St. John's Church, 1525 H St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-1098

See the church where President Lincoln often attended evening prayers.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Decatur House, 748 Jackson Pl NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4912

Learn about the Army Subsistence Department, which was responsible for provisioning the Union army's ration packs.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC, DC 20500

Learn about Abraham Lincoln's command center during the Civil War.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Blair House, 1651 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20503-0005

After visiting the Rathbone House around the corner, learn about the Blair House and it's connection to Robert E. Lee.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Ellipse, Constitution Ave Between 15th and 17th St., Washington DC, DC 20502

Having just visited the Winder House, guests will view the south side of the White House and the Ellipse, the site of many activities during the Civil War.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: National Theatre DC, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

After having just visited the Willard Hotel, guess stop a The National Theater, a place of refuge during the horrors of the Civil War and where Tad Lincoln was attending a play the night his father was assassinated.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2501

Here, guests will learn about the infamous Murder Bay and the thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes it attracted. The stable where John Wilkes Booth rented a horse on the day he assassinated President Lincoln was located here.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Waldorf Astoria Spa Washington DC, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2501

Near here was the site of the planned assassination of Vice President Andrew Johnson on 14 April 1865.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499

Learn about the night of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the massive 12-day manhunt that followed.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Petersen Boarding House, 516 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1401

The Petersen Boarding House was not only the site where President Lincoln spent his last hours but also the command center from which Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ran the early hours of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Professional Tour Guide

  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from sites

Departure Point
General Andrew Jackson Statue, Washington, DC 20006, USA

Departure Time
10:00 AM

3 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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