Some highlights:

The exhibit features many important, and many never-before-seen, documents and manuscripts including this directive, signed by Abraham Lincoln, calling for the draft of 2,173 New Yorkers in 1863.

Each state was assigned a troop quota that had to be met. If the number of volunteers fell short, the deficiency was to be made up by a forced draft or the hiring of substitute recruits at $300 a head. Some localities raised money for the latter purpose. This document signed by President Lincoln specifies the number of men (2,177) to be furnished by the 28th district of New York, Rochester, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls. It was issued in the immediate aftermath of the infamous New York City Draft Riots.

The exhibit also features numerous examples of campaign material from the elections of 1860 and 1865 including ribbons, badges, torches, and broadsides.

Shown at the far left is one of the many ribbons that were manufactured for the 1860 and 1864 campaigns.

To the right is a superb, large-format campaign badge featuring a portrait of a beardless Lincoln.