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.
- Feb 27, 1860: Mathew Brady Photographs Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln (censorshipinamerica.com)
- Feb 12, 1809: Abraham Lincoln is Born (censorshipinamerica.com)