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Celebrating the Lincoln Bicentennial

Magazine article Army

Celebrating the Lincoln Bicentennial

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On the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the nation reflects not only on his presidential legacy, but also on his achievements as Commander in Chief. Long recognized as an eloquent orator and skilled politician, America's 16th President was also the consummate Commander in Chief. A host of new books, academic conferences, special exhibits and celebrations mark the Lincoln bicentennial.

"With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition" at the Library of Congress will display some of his correspondence, including a Christmas letter of thanks to Gen. William T. Sherman for the capture of Savannah, Ga.; a highly critical missive, unsent, to Gen. George Meade berating him for his failure to pursue Gen. Robert E. Lee after the Battle of Gettysburg; the signed commission of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant as lieutenant general; and notes chiding Gen. George B. McClellan for his dallying. The exhibition also includes the Bible Lincoln used for his swearing-in, photographs, period engravings, artifacts and other rarely seen items from the Library's extensive collection. The exhibit opens February 12, runs through May 9 and will then travel to five other cities. Other federal sites - among them the National Portrait Gallery, the National Archives and the National Museum of American History- are also planning special displays. Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was shot just five days after Lee's surrender, is reopening after an 18-month renovation and offering a series of lectures, panels and performances in addition to two free open houses.

One among a flood of new books inspired by the bicentennial, In Lincoln's Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans is a companion volume to the Library of Congress exhibit. It features essays about important documents such as the "Gettysburg Address" and Lincoln's second inaugural address. Two of the new anthologies and biographies focus on Lincoln in his role as strategist: James M. McPherson's Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief and Craig L. Symonds' Lincoln and His Admirals.

Below is a listing of events, exhibits and publications celebrating Lincoln. For additional nationwide listings, visit www.lincolnbicentennial.gov/calendar.

Washington, D.C.

American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW. "The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball," exhibiting a menu and invitation among other artifacts, will run through January 2010. www.gosmithsonian.com/lincoln

Ford's Theatre, 514 10th Street, NW. The theater's many events include the world premiere of James Still's "The Heavens Are Hung in Black" (previews begin February 3), two complimentary open houses held on Lincoln's Birthday (February 12) and Presidents Day (February 16), and daily tours beginning February 17. …

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