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Featured Document: Isaac Bassett's Senate Memoir

An employee of the Senate for 64 years during the 19th century, doorkeeper Isaac Bassett left a rich collection of written reminiscences upon his death in 1895. His manuscript includes this featured entry recalling the arrival of troops at the Capitol in April 1861. An online exhibit, Isaac Bassett: A Senate Memoir, highlights more of his recollections of the Senate leading up to and throughout the war period.


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