Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

(Proclamation Given October 3, 1863)

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful …

November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863: President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

The Union had won The Battle of Gettysburg and the town was planning on dedicating a national cemetery to the fallen soldiers. President Lincoln was invited to make an address for the opening ceremonies. It would not be a joyous occasion, but a sad one as the president made this speech. It is good to remember that Lincoln was beginning to get ill on the day …