In honor of the greatest President we've ever had (in my opinion):
Recently unseen photos of President Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration has been discovered at The Library of Congress-- the mistake was due to labeling errors.
A beautiful part of Lincoln's speech:
"...Fondly do we hope -- fervently do we pray -- that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether"
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan -- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." - President Lincoln, March 4, 1865
Copy of Speech Here
The war ended April 9, 1865. Lincoln was assassinated April 14, 1865.
What a wonderful man eh?
Above photo by Mathew B. Brady, famed Civil War photographer.
Also, also, Lincoln's Cottage will open tomorrow. You can catch the ceremony on C-span (ok ok...so I watch this channel with my dad. I particularly enjoy June, when they show graduation speeches by political heavyweights-- I am a nerd with an ineptitude at putting my penchant for research to use).