originALs: The Albert Nelson See Diary

For the first time ever, the diary and personal belongings of Albert Nelson See, a soldier who guarded President Lincoln at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC, will be on public display.

The original Civil War diary and personal artifacts of Albert Nelson See, a member of Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Guard, will go on public display for the first time in history at President Lincoln’s Cottage this autumn. See’s eye-witness accounts detail President Lincoln’s life at the Cottage, Jubal Early’s attack on Washington at Fort Stevens, and the inner workings of the presidential guard. Visitors to the exhibit will discover an authentic perspective of Civil War life in Washington. The exhibit opens to the public on September 26 2013 in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage, and will remain on display until June 30, 2014.

This exhibit is the first in “originALs,” a series of exhibitions at President Lincoln’s Cottage highlighting an individual or small group of objects connected to President Lincoln that speak to the importance and complexity of the Lincoln story and relate directly to Lincoln’s time here at the Soldiers’ Home.

Click on the image to read an enlarged page from the diary!

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