D.C. Mondays: The Washington Navy Yard During the Civil War

Two-story building with white columns out front sits behind a circular formation of six cannons


With the start of the Civil War, Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard became an important player in the defense of the nation's capital. Commandant Franklin Buchanan resigned his commission to join the Confederacy in 1861, leaving the Yard to Commander John Dahlgren, whose his role in its development was recognized in 1863 with the naming of a new foundry in his honor. President Abraham Lincoln was also a frequent visitor to the Navy Yard.

Join Mike Galloway from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in this virtual program discussing an interesting element of D.C.’s wartime history.

About Mike Galloway

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 B.A. in American history. 

How to Participate

This program is organized by the National Museum of the U.S. Navy. Please register with them through Eventbrite to receive links and information to join the program.

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