Abraham Lincoln And The Gettysburg Address Essay

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Abraham Lincoln is often referred to as one of the greatest Presidents of all time. He once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” On April 12, 1861 the first shot of the Civil War was fired at Fort Sumter. The United States of America had divided itself into the Union and the Confederacy. America would be at war until April 9, 1865 when the South would surrender to the North. Abraham Lincoln would give several important speeches throughout the war such as A House Divided, The Gettysburg Address, The First Inaugural Address, and The Second Inaugural Address. He would earn the name “Honest Abe” and become one of the most famous presidents of all time after his assassination in April, 1865. President Lincoln knew the war was unavoidable, that slavery was a main issue, and that God himself could not choose a winner of the war.

Abraham Lincoln had been selected for a second presidential term and this term would be the most stressful time. Lincoln once said, “On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to and impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it.” The South would not surrender for another month, but at the beginning of the civil war both sides were set on saving themselves and their values . Both the Union and the Confederacy hated the idea of war, though ironically, they welcomed it in the end. Previously devoted to saving the Union without war, they soon realized that the Confederacy was only…

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