Abraham lincoln delivered his second inaugural address on march 4 1865 during his second inauguration as president of the united statesat a time when victory over secessionists in the american civil war was within days and slavery in all of the union was near an end lincoln did not speak of happiness but of sadness some see this speech as a defense of his pragmatic approach to . Abraham lincoln second inaugural address saturday march 4 1865 weeks of wet weather preceding lincolns second inauguration had caused pennsylvania avenue to become a sea of mud and standing water thousands of spectators stood in thick mud at the capitol grounds to hear the president as he stood on the east portico to take the executive . He was referring of course to lincolns sudden death by assassination only weeks after the speech at this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Abraham lincolns second inaugural address was delivered on march 4 1865 during the final days of the civil war and only a month before he was assassinated in his second inaugural address lincoln discussed the war and slavery and ends with these words of reconciliation. Text of lincolns speech delivered at washington d c march 4 1865 fellow countrymen at this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first
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