Photo portrait of Abraham Lincoln taken in February, 1865 by Alexander Gardner. Maintained by National Portrait Gallery, O-118, M-100. Online courtesy, Wikimedia Commons.
The President's head dropped upon his shoulders;
the ball was in his brain.
On the way to his new position, Abraham Lincoln (like Barack Obama, 138 years later) took a train ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. Ahead of the man from Illinois was a seemingly impossible job. A greatly divided country was inching closer to civil war.
We are not enemies but friends -We must not be enemies.
His words, of course, went unheeded. In April of 1861, the month following his speech, the American Civil War began.
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