"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."  - Abraham Lincoln

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." - Abraham Lincoln

When U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was informed that Mrs. Lydia Bixby had lost five sons fighting for the Union in the Civil War, he wrote this, perhaps the most famous of all, condolence letters

When U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was informed that Mrs. Lydia Bixby had lost five sons fighting for the Union in the Civil War, he wrote this, perhaps the most famous of all, condolence letters

Lincoln's letter to a mother of five young men who lost their lives in the Civil War.

Lincoln's letter to a mother of five young men who lost their lives in the Civil War.

Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln. Look how much he changed in just 7 years!

Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln. Look how much he changed in just 7 years!

Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham's mom. I do see the resemblance, but she's quite pretty!  Who knew?

Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham's mom. I do see the resemblance, but she's quite pretty! Who knew?

closeup of Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln at his home, 1860, historic photo, by John Adams Whipple

closeup of Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln at his home, 1860, historic photo, by John Adams Whipple

Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's mother. - original pinner is a descendant of one of her brothers.

Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's mother. - original pinner is a descendant of one of her brothers.

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