Lincoln taking the oath of office in 1865. Traditionally Catholics and other Christians have been much more likely than we to see the hand of God guiding the course of history. Hands down the most moving inaugural address in American history is the second inaugural address given by President Lincoln, little over a month before his death. And the war came. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.
Think about the actual cause of our split! What type of speech did they expect to hear? He was within your easy grasp and to have closed upon him would in connection with our other late successes, have ended the war. Let their dusky forms rise up, out of the mires of James Island, and give the answer. A little over a month after the delivery of Lincoln's second inaugural address he would be assassinated at Washington, D. In his second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln sets forth a convincing argument detailing his thoughts and opinions on the future of the Union. Chase, his former secretary of the Treasury and ongoing presidential rival. It is one of the shortest inaugural speeches ever.
The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. At the beginning of the speech he briefly talks about how he will run and that he has high hopes for the future. Both may be, and one must be wrong. Lincoln and her cousin. . This is the stance he refers to in this passage. One noted that four years earlier "the weather was dry, and tornadoes of dust swept through the streets," and the atmosphere was foreboding and warlike.
His quotation from Psalm 19 is the hinge on which the speech turns. That we are not condemned to live imprisoned in the rhetoric, foolishness, and mendacity of the present. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Sure enough, South Carolina seceded from the Union several weeks later on December 20th, followed by six other states in the ensuing months. .
It was not to be. They were, after all, within weeks of final victory, and everyone could feel the weight of the war lifting from their shoulders. God would determine when that debt was canceled, and no one knew His will. Lincoln's assertion that both the South and the North had benefited from the sins of slavery caused many Northerners and Radical Republicans in Congress to decry the message and tone of the speech. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.
He wants his audience to realize that this division will only persist if no one settles the current issues in society. And, having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. On the last legs of the Civil War, there was considerable doubt about the future of America. Finally, Lincoln addresses the need for reconciliation of the Southern states following the war's conclusion. They tend to be laundry lists of what the new or reelected president hopes to accomplish in his term in office, along with boilerplate on the virtues of democracy and representative government.
All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While slaves as a whole were more sympathetic to the Union than the Confederacy, many did not readily view themselves as citizens of the Union. It is not clear whether Lincoln believes this to be true in a literal sense or whether the idea of divine punishment represents a rhetorical framework. A president as morally responsible as Lincoln was, who could never rid his mind of the consequences of ordering the execution of a deserter or a command to commit young boys to battle, might well have found his inclination to pray as sharp as ever but his strong intent defeated by a stronger guilt. The famous ex-slave Frederick Douglass also was misled by the carriage, but unlike most others, he correctly sensed potential danger. The presidential election of 1864 had also been a close race in some states in the North. The attack on Fort Sumter followed soon after and then four years of unimaginable bloodshed and industrial slaughter.
There were also family members of Union soldiers killed on the battlefields. His speech expresses determination and wellbeing for the nation, and its people. Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. . For this to be possible, some common understanding was necessary, some coming to terms with illusions both sides had shared even as they fought for visions that could never be shared.