March 4, 1865: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Next to the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address stands as one of the sixteenth president’s most memorable utterances. Both addresses appear in the interior of the Lincoln Memorial on opposing walls.

Here is the address in Lincoln’s hand.

It might be instructive, however, to look at this copy, arranged by Lincoln, indicating how he wanted to read the speech.

[All images courtesy Library of Congress]

 

 

2 thoughts on “March 4, 1865: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

  1. Kalyn Behnke March 5, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    I had seen the address in Lincoln’s hand writing (above) previously, but not the cut-and-paste version that appears at the bottom of this blog post. Quite fascinating!

  2. Matt McKeon March 6, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Very interesting.

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