Mar 4, 1865: Lincoln Inaugurated for a Second Term

Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S. (LOC)

President Lincoln begins his second term, expressing his desire for the war to end and extending a gracious hand to the South. “Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.” He concluded with the following stirring statement: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right…let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wound…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

Within six weeks, the war was over and an assassin had killed Abraham Lincoln.

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