• Inside the Lincoln Sitting Room

    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

Lincoln to Americans in Southern States

March 4, 1861: Closing Paragraph of First Inaugural Address

I am loth to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

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Lincoln Home

Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois preserves, protects, and interprets for current and future generations the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois