November 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Unique Civil War artifacts on display

By Larry Shaughnessy

As America marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with movies like the current blockbuster "Lincoln" and re-enactments of many of the war's crucial battles, the Library of Congress has just jumped into the fray.

"The Civil War in America" is an exhibit of more than 200 items from the Library's collection of hundreds of thousands of Civil War-related items. The library claims it holds the largest such collection of Civil War artifacts in the world.

The exhibit opened this month and runs until June 1st of next year. But not all the items will stay on display for the length of the exhibit. Some are too fragile.  Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, for example, will be on display only for a few weeks and then will be put back in storage to protect it from damaging light. It will be replaced by a replica.

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