Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Lincoln's second inaugural address was delivered on
March 4, 1865, during the final days of the Civil War and
only a month before he was assassinated. In his second
inaugural address, Lincoln discussed the war and slavery,
and ends with these words of reconciliation:
"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."
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Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 20,000 documents.
- Abraham Lincoln, [March 4, 1865] (Second Inaugural Address; endorsed by Lincoln, April 10, 1865)
- Chronicle Junior, Washington, D.C., Paper, Saturday, March 04, 1865 (Printed poem and Inauguration Program)
- Inauguration Ball to Mr. and Mrs. Lazarus Noble, Saturday, March 04, 1865 (Printed Invitation)
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Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations
This collection includes a special presentation on Abraham
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Lincoln's second inauguration.
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A selection of articles on the Lincoln's second inaugural address includes:
- "The Inauguration," Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.), March 4, 1865.
- "The President's Inaugural Address," Daily National Republican. (Washington, D.C.), March 4, 1865
- "Inauguration Day," New-York Daily Tribune. (New York, N.Y.), March 6, 1865.
Treasures of the Library of Congress - Lincoln's Second
An online exhibit on Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration
containing a memo Lincoln wrote to his cabinet members
and a poem printed for his inaugural parade.
Works of Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Association
Documents, President Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural
Address, National Archives and Records Administration
Miller, William Lee. Lincoln's Second Inaugural: A Study in Political Ethics. Bloomington: Poynter Center, Indiana University, 1980. [Catalog
Tackach, James. Lincoln's Moral Vision:
The Second Inaugural Address. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
White, Ronald C. Lincoln's Greatest
Speech: The Second Inaugural. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. [Catalog