Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum to Unveil ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE TECHNOLOGY OF WAR at Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership
Lincoln Memorial University's (LMU) Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) has been invited to display "Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War" at the Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW) in Washington, D.C. Curated by Steven Wilson, ALLM curator and assistant director, the exhibit investigates the significance of inventions and new machines in the Civil War.
The Civil War began as a struggle of righteousness between two groups of, for the most part, amateur soldiers. It ended with the realization that weapon superiority equals or transcends tactics and death is the ultimate victor on the battlefield.
Abraham Lincoln viewed technology as a means to defeat the enemy. Possessed of a brilliant analytical mind, the President knew that the North's industry - far superior to the agrarian South - was a key to victory. Lincoln was also fascinated by machines of all kinds, and understood the potential of technology. Each new weapon might hold the power to shorten the war and save the Union.
Included in the exhibit are artifacts from the B&O Railroad Museum, the Kentucky Military History Museum, the National Firearms Museum, the Center for Northern Indiana History, the Tennessee State Museum and the Vicksburg National Military Park-U.S.S. Cairo. Some rare items from the collection of the ALLM are a Greene bolt action breech-loading rifle, Captain John Worden's speaking trumpet and a collection of carte de visite photographs.
"Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War" opens to the public January 14, 2014, and will remain on display through July 6, 2014. The exhibition is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is included with regular daytime visit tickets to Ford's Theatre, which is free but requires timed entry tickets. Tickets may be reserved in person at Ford's Theatre Box Office (511 Tenth Street NW, Washington, DC), through Ticketmaster at 800.982.2787 or online at http://www.fords.org. Ticketmaster fees apply. Groups of 15 or more may reserve tickets by calling 202.638.2367. The University will host a special reception at Ford's Theatre on February 10, 2014, while LMU officials are in the capital region for festivities surrounding Lincoln's birthday.