Get pumped for 'Lincoln' with civil war photography exhibit

If you're as excited as we are about the new Abraham Lincoln film, here's another event to whet your appetite:

The Fort Washington Historical Society is hosting an exhibition of Civil War photographs from the collection of Paul Johnson. 

Johnson is a history teacher at Upper Dublin High who has written books and articles about the role of photography in the Civil War -- and accumulated an impressive collection of them over the last 20 years.

During the Civil War, more than a million photographs were taken, and many were displayed in public exhibitions or published in newspapers and magazines. The widespread, visceral nature of these images helped shape public perception of the war.

Johnson will lecture on the images at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clifton House, 473 Bethlehem Pike in Fort Washington.