The Civil War, Day by Day

The Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln Born

In a four-way race in 1860, he was elected as the first Republican president with 40 percent of the vote. As commander in chief, he overcame political opposition, editorial criticism, and military failures to direct America’s bloodiest war to a Northern victory.

In his inaugural address Abraham Lincoln spoke of peace and appealed to the latent American nationalism of Southerners. “We must not be enemies,” said Lincoln. “Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

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