With the start of the Civil War, the Washington Navy Yard become an important player in the defense of the Nation's Capital. Commandant Franklin Buchanan resigned his commission to join the Confederacy, leaving the Yard to Commander John Dahlgren, who assumed command on April 22, 1861. President Abraham Lincoln became a frequent visitor to the Navy Yard. Dahlgren's long attachment to the Yard and his role in its development were recognized in 1863 by the naming of the new foundry in his honor. Did you know the burial in one of the foundry walls of the leg lost by Dahlgren’s son, Colonel Ulric Dahlgren happened at the Yard following the Battle of Gettysburg?

Join educator and historian, Mike Galloway as he examines the historic Washington Navy Yard within the context of the Civil War, focusing of some of the Yard’s most colorful characters and events.

About the Speaker: Mike Galloway is an education specialist with the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, and a subject matter expert in the American Civil War. He is a former marine with a BA in American History.

Note: This program will be held at the George Washington University, The Textile Museum and represents the museum's commitment to offering free public programs within the diverse communities it serves. 

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Images courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph Collection

Images courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph Collection