“Everybody was very calm, and you could see people coming from everywhere, just converging onto the Mall. We walked down several levels, down to the sort of flat, just before you get to the Mall. And all of us trying to get on our cell phones. And none of our cell phones worked. We wanted to let our families know that we were evacuating and that we were going to be fine. And we believed we would be. Because this was so difficult to take in. Such a difficult thing to, to comprehend. We were all working sort of on automatic.”
— Eve Butler-Gee, June 20, 2011
Journal Clerk, Office of the Clerk
Fleeing the Capitol
Personal account of evacuating the Capitol on September 11th.
Description of the Capitol building during and after the evacuation.
Confusion and Fear
Reflections of the confusion at the Capitol on the morning of September 11th.
Smoke from the Pentagon
Detailed description of the period before the evacuation of the Capitol.
House Pages Evacuate
Memories of House Pages on the morning of the attacks.
House Committee on the Judiciary
Detailed description of the House Committee on the Judiciary the morning of the attacks.
Tourists at the Capitol
Recollections of tourists visiting the Capitol the morning of September 11th.
Initial Reactions Outside the Capitol
Recollections of the mood of staff and Members after the evacuation.
Quiet Ride Home
Personal account of leaving the Capitol on September 11th.
Helicopters and the Secure Location
Recollections of the secure location for congressional leaders.
Detailed account of the secure location used by House and Senate leaders.
Outside the Capitol after the evacuation on September 11th.
Sources of Information
Attempting to find sources of information on September 11th.