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Three Images From Lincoln's Second Inauguration Discovered at Library of Congress

Mislabelled for a century and a half.

From a news release yesterday:

Details of Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration come into clearer focus with the recent discovery at the Library of Congress of three glass negatives that show the large crowd gathered at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for the president's address on March 4, 1865.
These negatives had been labeled long ago as being either the Grand Review of the Armies or the inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant. Carol Johnson, a curator of photography at the Library of Congress, spotted the misidentification on Friday, Jan. 4, while checking old logbooks and finding the annotation "Lincoln?" in the margin. Only two other photos of Lincoln's second inauguration were previously known, but a careful visual comparison confirmed that these three negatives portray the same event....

Crowd at President Abraham Lincoln's Second Inauguration
Crowd at President Abraham Lincoln's Second Inauguration

(Thanks, Peter.)

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Thu. 01/17/08 04:02:23 PM
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