Special Report

Civil War Artifacts in the Smithsonian

The museum collections house many items from the Civil War, including photographs, uniforms and personal diaries

Lincoln's Top Hat (National Museum of American History)

“The Union Forever” Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

The Union Forever textile
(Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum)
“ ‘The Union Forever’ was printed for Abraham Lincoln’s second presidential campaign in 1864,” says textiles curator Susan Brown. “For the election, which took place in the middle of the Civil War, the Republican Party changed its name to the National Union Party. Lincoln won by a landslide, as the 11 states that seceded did not vote. He was assassinated just a few months later.”

by Jesse Rhodes


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