"...the frown of the citizens..." 

Notes and Images from the Civil War Occupation of Alexandria, Virginia


Henry B. Whittington, ca. 1812-1884, was a clerk for an Alexandria mercantile business during the Civil War.  He enjoyed a local reputation as a poet and some of his work was published in the Alexandria Gazette. During the Federal Occupation of Alexandria, he kept a diary of nearly daily entries for the period May 24, 1861 through March 30, 1864.


This exhibition was drawn from the entries made between May 24, 1861 and July 4, 1861 and includes period images from the photograph and print collections of the Alexandria Library.


Open the diary...