The Capital Of A Crumbling Nation

While congressmen feuded over states' rights issues, two present-day symbols of Washington, D.C., were unfinished. In the months before the war, both the Capitol's dome and the Washington Monument were under construction. The capital was not a very impressive place to work out the nation's problems.

Sumner was so badly injured that it took him years to recover. However, state voters reelected him to office, and he served throughout the Civil War era.

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