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The Willard Hotel: Where peace crumbled

One hundred fifty years ago this month, 132 delegates from 21 states bickered and bargained as they tried to bridge the chasm between them in a conference at the landmark D.C. hotel. They failed, and six weeks later, the Civil War began.

 
 

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The historic D.C. hotel, now known as the Willard InterContinental, will host a symposium Friday and dedicate a new outdoor plaque to the failed peace summit.


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