Tag: Civil War

Abraham Lincoln: Second Inaugural Address

Lincoln's Second Inaugural AddressLincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Lincoln’s second inaugural address is widely acknowledged as one of the most remarkable documents in American history. The London Spectator said of it, “We cannot read it without a renewed conviction that it is the noblest political document known to history, and should have for the nation and the statesmen he left behind him something

Abraham Lincoln: Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg

There are five known copies of the Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln’s own handwriting. Each version has slightly different text, and are named for the people who first received them: Nicolay, Hay, Everett, Bancroft and Bliss. Two copies apparently were written before delivering the speech; one of these was probably was the reading copy. Below, we

John Hay

John Hay

John Hay (1838-1905) WHO S/HE WAS: John Hay began his political career as Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary. He went on to serve as the U.S. secretary of state for both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. WHAT S/HE SAID: It has been a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence