...looks down on President at Inaugural
On This Day...in 1865: President Abraham Lincoln ws sworn in for a secnd term and gave what many historians say was the finest Inaugural address ever given. It was a time of triumph for the President: the Civil War was winding down and slavery receding into the history books. Yet Lincoln, filled with sadness and reflection, spoke not of victory, but of the damage that had been done to the country. He reminded both victor and vanquished that both sides had erred in going to war, despite their bitter disagreement the wars central issue, slavery.
“With malice toward none; with charity for all," Lincoln said, "let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds.”