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Photo of the Day – February 28, 2010

Photo of the Day – February 28, 2010. This is the black and white version of a photo that I posted a couple days ago.

The Battle of Antietam (also known as Battle of Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862 was a costly union victory, it was the bloodiest single day battle in American history, it was the first time that confederate forces invaded the north but it was a victory that enable President Lincoln to issue his Emancipation Proclamation in January.  The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the territories not already under union control.

The second and last invasion of the north but Confederate Forces was the Battle of Gettsyburg on July 1-3, 1863 fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, PA. The battle of Gettysburg was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is often described as the turning point of the war.

The Gettysburg Address is a speech by President Lincoln and is one of the most well known and greatest speeches in American History. President Lincoln delivered the speech at the dedication of the Cemetery  in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, four and a half months after the union armies defeated those of the confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg.  It is carved on the south wall of the Lincoln Memorial.

Abraham Lincoln’s carefully crafted address, which was not the main speech of the day, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In just a little over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as “a new birth of freedom” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, and that would also create a unified nation in which states’ rights were no longer dominant.

Beginning with the now-iconic phrase “Four score and seven years ago,” Lincoln referred to the events of the Civil War and described the ceremony at Gettysburg as an opportunity not only to consecrate the grounds of a cemetery, but also to dedicate the living to the struggle to ensure that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” It is one of the most quote speeches in U.S. History.

The other speech engraved on the wall of the Lincoln Memorial is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, his favorite speech, was given on March 4, 1865.

It was President Lincoln who created the Revenue Act of 1861 which resulted in the first U.S. Income Tax.  Ok, this is one thing to not like him for.

President Lincoln is also largely responsible for putting Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November and making it a federal holiday.  Yet another thing to love him for.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while he and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln were watching Our American Cousin At Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865.   Booth jumped from the presidential box onto the stage where it is believed that he broke his leg, he shouted “Sic Semper Tyrannus” (Thus Always to Tyrants in Latin). Lincoln was carried across the street to the home of William Petersen where he died at 7:22 the following morning, never having regained consciousness.

President Lincoln is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.  Due to multiple threats of theft, Lincoln’s coffin was permanently placed in a steel cage, and embedded in concrete, 10 feet deep under the floor of Memorial Hall.

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