View of Washington, D.C., 1855 / drawn & published by E. Sachse & Co.
This bird’s-eye view print of Washington, DC was drawn and published by E. Sachse & Co. in 1855. Washington DC is shown here nine years after the Virginia portion of the designated capital was given back to that state.
In the years leading up to the Civil War, the slave trade was outlawed in the capital city, but still practiced in Alexandria.
The illustration shows Georgetown, its buildings and vicinity. The Potomac River is viewed at the left.