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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  13. alan fischer

    Yankee go home-the only reason the north won the battles in 1861-1865–all newly arrived immigrants in New York were told to go south and to kill and burn homes–plantations–crops–Thanks honest Abe-Now see what Obama has got the United States-bowing down to China.

    November 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Abe Lincoln

      There are many reasons "we" won, certainly not only because of fresh new recruits such as new immigrants, "you" were handily bested. Your industrialized northern neighbors simply got the act of brute force together and you could not induce foreign intervention in a timely manner. Yours A. Lincoln.

      November 26, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Jim Dandey

      You're an idiot...

      November 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  14. Nomad one

    five dollar Confederate Bill

    November 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
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    November 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  16. Federal Tyranny

    Lincoln – the first in a long line of Federal despots.

    November 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Ryan Lee


      November 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  17. infonomics

    According to a news article published by HuffPost and others, nine of the top ten most segregated cities in America are located in the North. The remaining city in this top ten list is Miami. There is a word in the English dictionary that befits this list, it is known as hypocrisy.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  18. ourflag

    where is the stars and bars??...or are the people displaying this afraid they will offend someone.......

    November 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  19. Bill Richardson

    Maybe Geraldo can do a special on what's in Lincolns pockets.

    November 24, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  20. Alan

    The South are still mad....I think that will change over time. The blacks fled the South for decades, but now are returning in droves...ought to even things out in a while

    November 24, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Bill Richardson

      I was born and raised in Savannah, Ga. I have never lived outside of the South (Mainly because I HATE cold weather) I am not mad. Neither are MOST of us here in the South. You may have a few hard line holdovers from those days of extreme racism but they are all dying off in large numbers. The only reason that racism is still alive is because it is a powerful political platform. Liberals can throw up the race card any time they get backed into a corner. I got news for you. If the South was still racist then we never would have had a black president. Think about it.

      November 24, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • HUH?

        Are you high? Just because almost ALL blacks voted for Obama is not proof that the south isn't still the most racist place in the US. Take a look at how many southern whites voted for Obama. Think about THAT.

        November 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
      • WhiteSites

        You should look at the maps from the from 2008 election. The south all voted GOP and it had little difference in the outcome of the election. Its sad that a few new england states and the west coast can vote democrat and there is nothing we can do about it. Most people in the south are not racist. But instead choose to not associate with others who portray the negatives of society. If you don't wear your pants at your waist, feel your rap music needs to be played loud enough for the whole neighborhood to enjoy it, or buy new sneakers before paying your water bill, then don't even think about pulling the race card in your defense.

        November 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • ourflag

      are you part of the crowd???...most of us southerners like yankees,as long as they are heading back north.....they come down here,talk about the dumb people in the south,they stay,just like your carpet bagging forefathers...while you are at it,how about taking along a couple of other folks back with you....that is hoping you are not here to stay....

      November 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • Abe Lincoln

        Just make sure you mow the grass, call a wrecker for your junks AND pay your rent, boy. We'll surely go home when we've got you all where we want.

        November 26, 2012 at 8:11 am |
  21. WI Bucko

    Yes, I did notice that there was no mention of JFK. What was in Abe's pockets??

    November 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  22. sc

    Jimmy Hoffa

    November 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  23. BigGuyWithABigPlane

    oh wow,pieces of paper....How exciting (sarcasm)

    where are the weapons,the items needed to stab,mane,blow-up and otherwise kill the 'bad-guys'

    November 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • SW

      Uh, you're upset that the Library of Congress doesn't keep rifles and cannons, and that they're displaying "pieces of paper"? Didn't think that one through real hard, did you?

      November 24, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  24. chrissy

    lol i loved the *ms. smugpants* comment, i cant get them on my mobile phone either, so it wouldve been nice if they had included them in the article!

    November 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  25. Pippa

    French letter, cyanide pill, two aspirins, toothpick, Magna Carta, Twinkies, rabbit tail, gun... Obama's birth certificate and Rafalca's horse shoe!

    November 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  26. OlderThanDirt

    Lol @ Larry! November 22 Was the date Kennedy was assassinated, just to be clear, but we know what you mean.

    November 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Major Wedgie

      Well, given his penchant for the ladies, he probably DID have an assignation before his assassination!

      December 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  27. larry5

    Did anyone notice that yesterday was the anniversary of JFK's assignation?

    November 23, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  28. jj

    How are you gonna have an article about what was in Abraham Llicoln's pockets, but don't tell what is in them?! that is messed up. and dumb

    November 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Christine

      For all of you who didn't bother, try looking through the photos, and you'll see the contents of Lincoln's pockets!

      November 23, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
      • AB

        It's not that I didn't bother. The photos don't show up on my mobile device, Ms. Smugpants.

        November 23, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  29. kent karlson

    Whats it got in its pocketses, my precioussss?

    November 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  30. american

    someone told me he had an iPod, a pack of hubba bubba gum, and a tooth brush. Apparently Lincoln kept his teeth fastidiously clean. I say B#llsh$t! where did he get the iPod from, hmmmm? Those were not made until at least the late 1950s.

    November 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  31. Jshelby

    Lincoln had already by contacted by children acting on behalf of the Intelligence agencies of the United States, he knew he would be assassinated because of what he knew. I know many will laugh and say who haha. There is evidence, I've seen iit. My grandfather was a Military Police officer in Korea then a contracted security police and worked in places where these things took place. Other presidents and people in power also had these interactions, and to keep them from talking they either killed or recruited them to be in high power roles even today. But still I love Mr. Lincoln.

    November 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  32. Sandy

    ENDED 24 YEARS BEFORE MY GRANDFATHER WAS BORN. It wasn't long ago. But ... where are the pockets ?!

    November 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  33. deji.abimbola

    the abraham lincoln.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  34. Anton

    Shoddy journalism.

    What was in his pockets.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  35. Mr Mister

    On a cell phone. Slides? Can't see any. Would love to know what was in his pockets. 🙁

    November 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Gina L

      If you click on picture ten, the caption lists the items. I forget everything, but there were eyeglasses, handkerchiefs monogrammed with his first initial and full last name, a $5 confederate bill, what looked to be a folding wallet, and a few other items.

      November 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  36. OlderThanDirt

    Yes it would have been nice for this article to list the items in Lincoln`s pockets.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  37. dj

    some gum, ticket stub, and picture of his mistress.

    November 22, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
  38. Mariah

    I just wanted to know what ole Abe had in his pockets! Guess I will google it!

    November 22, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  39. Ray

    What was in his pockets??

    November 22, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • anna lee

      🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 🔴 an iPhone

      November 22, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • thumbsihave2

      See slide 10.

      November 22, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • dj

      some gum, ticket stub, and picture of his mistress.

      November 22, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  40. Scott

    Truly fascinating stuff. It reminds us how relatively recently the Civil War was fought ...and that it was probably the first major war where old-style Napoleonic infantry & cavalry tactics met modern industrial weaponry, resulting in the horrifically high casualty rates seen on both sides, being the price paid to maintain the Union.

    November 22, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply

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