143rd Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

14 Apr

Ray: On April 14th, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln would die the next morning at a lodging house across the street from Ford’s Theater. Abraham Lincoln died at age 56 and was the first U.S. president to be assassinated.

As the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln is widely credited for keeping the Union, ending the Civil War, and officially ending slavery. Many people consider him to be the greatest President of the United States that there ever was. Among many of his great accomplishments, his “Gettysburg Address” is one of the most famous speeches in American history. Today, I would like to honor a man who I consider to be a an incredible leader who understood the importance of sacrifice for the benefit of preserving all that is American. I just hope that the readers of this blog understand the significance of his actions and how they shaped world history forever.

The Gettysburg Address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

– Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863

For More on Lincoln’s Assassination, visit: History.com


One Response to “143rd Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination”


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