In late 1864, Abraham Lincoln was reelected president of the United States. He delivered this address at the inauguration for his second term. The Civil War was still taking place, though it would draw to a close with the Confederacy’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on 9 April 1865. Lincoln would himself be assassinated a short time later, after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
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