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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

145 years ago tonight

He was assassinated. 

1 comment:

Blues Boy said...

Recently finished the third and final book in Shelby Foote's Civil War series, and the best part was Lincoln's trip to Richmond immediately when the war ended. He walked down the street with his son and few guards and talked with people. He returned to Washington and got into arguements with his cabinet about working immediately and diligently to heal the wounds of division and war, shunning the advice that he hang and punish leaders of the Confederate government and army as traitors.

This was his greatest gift to the future of the nation and set the tone for a more enlightened nation. If he hadn't been re-elected and if he hadn't rejected the advice of those seeking vengeance, we would be a very different country today ... we certainly would be much less reluctant to follow our sometimes cruel and vindictive nature.

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