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.
Did You Know?
On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln invited his fellow Americans "to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November.... as a day of Thanksgiving....." Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois