Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

April 10, 2015 8:49 AM

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President Lincoln's Cottage provided Abraham Lincoln with a refreshing escape from Washington's summer heat, but it was also the site of a painful period in Mary Todd Lincoln'€™s life.

It's an overcast morning outside President Lincoln's Cottage, a national historic site in Washington, D.C., and Erin Carlson Mast is struggling to open a pair of huge, historic wooden pocket doors.

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