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Mr. Lincoln's Washington: A Civil War Portfolio

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Editorial Review

By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, December 13, 2013

With construction cranes in full swing almost everywhere you look, today’s Washington is hardly the city it was 10 years ago, let alone during the Civil War. The exhibition “Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio,” which opens Friday at the National Portrait Gallery, includes enlarged reproductions of Civil War--era photographs, prints, drawings and maps of the District to present a snapshot of life here during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, especially in the neighborhood surrounding the museum.

Since the show is at the National Portrait Gallery, and not the National Building Museum, it will also feature portraits of such notable Washingtonians of the era as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Secretary of State William H. Seward and, of course, the first couple.