Thursday, February 12, 2009

Abraham Lincoln - 200th Anniversary

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. Assassinated as the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln had been the first Republican elected to the Presidency.

Lithograph from the original painting of Abraham Lincoln by A.L. Conant (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis).

Celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 100th birthday (Postcard copyright 1908).

The Log Cabin in which Abraham Lincoln was born - Rock Spring Farm, Kentucky (Postcard copyright 1908).

"In giving freedom to the slaves we insure freedom to the free, honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve" ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. - In This Temple as in the Hearts of the People for Whom He Saved the Union ~ The Memory of Abraham Lincoln is Enshrined 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.


Keith said...

He's definitely one of our greatest presidents. He took our country though a difficult time. He should always be honored for his service to our nation. I live in the South where many people still hate Lincoln.

Major Pepperidge said...

He was an amazing guy, I recently looked at a huge book about his life, and it's interesting to see the evolution of his thoughts about slavery and to read his beautifully written letters and speeches.

walterworld said...

A beautiful and thoughtful post...