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Soldiers Flow Into Capitol in Scene That Recalls Civil War

  • Up to 20,000 troops expected in Washington as security surges
  • Rifle-bearing troops at arm’s length surround building
Members of the National Guard walk outside of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington on Jan. 13, 2021. 

Members of the National Guard walk outside of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington on Jan. 13, 2021. 

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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Soldiers took up positions in the U.S. Capitol in a scene reminiscent of Civil War deployments as Washington braced for the inauguration of a new president and a vote to impeach the current one.

With more than 20,000 National Guard units summoned, the Capitol and its park-like campus resembled an armed camp, with rifle-bearing soldiers standing at arm’s length from one another, and heavy military trucks blocking roads. The city itself contended with a wide perimeter of closed streets.