Lincoln's Cottage shows images of wartime in DC

December 13, 2011 - 5:50 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Abraham Lincoln's Cottage in Washington is opening a new exhibit featuring images of wartime in the nation's capital during the Civil War.

The exhibit, "Seat of War," includes historic prints from the collection held at Lincoln's summertime retreat. It shows how the Civil War transformed Washington from a sleepy southern town to the hub of a massive war effort. Some images are rarely displayed.

The exhibit is on view through Jan. 15.

The cottage is on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. It opened to the public for the first time in 2008 after a $15 million renovation.

Lincoln spent a quarter of his presidency living at the cottage. It was the Lincoln family's retreat from June to November in 1862, 1863 and 1864.