The White House Years
The Telegraph Office is a mural showing a sad and grieving Lincoln receiving casualty counts from the front. Photos and bronze castings of the president show how the war has aged him. Visitors are invited to touch these life masks.
In The Gettysburg Gallery the spectacular Gettysburg Mural (42 feet long) moves from the action of the battle to the sad aftermath of death, on to a mass burial ground, and then to the dedication ceremony and Lincoln's famous speech. At the far end of this gallery, you will learn the fate of the Eight Soldiers introduced in the War Gallery.
The Tide Turns and Washington Celebrates is a gallery where a series of spectacular new historical paintings and a dozen original objects depict Lincoln's last months. Suddenly, everything seems to be going right for Lincoln. He wins re-election, the 13th Amendment to end slavery is passed, Lincoln is sworn in for a second term, Richmond falls and Lincoln tours the Confederate capital, Lee surrenders, and Lincoln speaks to celebrating crowds in Washington. The final part takes you from Lincoln's last speech into a mural that depicts the joyous celebration rocking Washington, D.C., as peace breaks out.