Beef Depot Monument

Title

Beef Depot Monument

Description

During the Civil War, the U.S. Army grazed cattle on the grounds of the unfinished Washington Monument, earning the structure the nickname "Beef Depot Monument." In addition to being the seat of the federal government, Washington was on the front lines. The Mall served as a staging area for the quartermasters division which provided supplies to the troops, such as beef from the cattle.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1862

Coverage

Original Format

wood engraving

Description

During the Civil War, the U.S. Army grazed cattle on the grounds of the unfinished Washington Monument, earning the structure the nickname "Beef Depot Monument." In addition to being the seat of the federal government, Washington was on the front lines. The Mall served as a staging area for the quartermasters division which provided supplies to the troops, such as beef from the cattle.

Date

1862

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.