Pinkerton, Lincoln, McClernand at Antietam, Oct. 3, 1862
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Honest Abe was known for telling the truth, something our North Central Floridians and fellow Americans appreciate more and more as we find it less and less in politicians and opportunists.
“It's time we went back to the basics. They're selling this nation down the tubes to foreign powers,” more than one neighbor has commented. “Congress has no sense of spending money. They just keep printing it.”
Honest Abe he was called, because he set an example working as a clerk in a New Salem store. Lincoln overcharged one lady customer six cents and walked three miles to settle the debt.... Another time, he left a small weight on the scale while pricing tea and again walked a distance next morning to return the right amount of tea....
Lincoln was sworn in as president on March 4, 1861, and fought four years against on onslaught of counter-mixing opinions to preserve the nation, against all odds. He met the humane purpose of the war head on with the Emancipation Proclamation. On November 19, 1863, he delivered the Gettysburg Address over a terrain littered with thousands of war dead from both sides, brothers fighting against brothers.
Lincoln knew his Bible.
“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book” (Baltimore, 1864).
“Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding.
“Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God, and each invokes His against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes” (Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865).
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