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Though World War II transformed Washington into a modern international city, it was the Civil War that first made the once-sleepy Southern city into a true national capital. By war’s end, the swampy port hosted 150,000 inhabitants and many landmarks of the great conflict. Stephen M. Forman, author of A Guide to Civil War Washington, reveals these sites, along with the stories behind them, in an illustrated talk about life in the District during the war. At 6:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. FREE. (202) 727-1213. (Eddie Dean)