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Near Elwood in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

U.S. Capitol - March 4, 1865

 
 
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 30, 2020
1. Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Marker
Inscription.  The inscription on the base of the memorial bench is taken from his final formal speech given prior to his death on April 15, 1865. It was a five-minute speech where Lincoln reminded his audience that slavery had been the central cause of the Civil War; he made Biblical references to divine retribution; and he concluded with the paragraph below. From that final paragraph the phrase "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan" has been used by the Veterans Administration as a mission statement and thus chosen for this setting at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The full text follows:

With malice towards none; with charity for all; with firmness in the Right, as God gives us to see 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 a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Abraham Lincoln Founding President Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 30, 2020
2. Abraham Lincoln Founding President Marker
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War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the National Cemeteries series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 4, 1865.
 
Location. 41° 23.234′ N, 88° 7.74′ W. Marker is near Elwood, Illinois, in Will County. Marker can be reached from George Washington Avenue west of Abraham Lincoln Boulevard. Marker is on the grounds of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: George Washington Ave, Elwood IL 60421, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln Founding President (here, next to this marker); LGBT Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elwood Arsenal (approx. 1.6 miles away); Wilmington, Illinois (approx. 5.6 miles away); McDonough Street Bridge (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Diamond Mine Disaster (approx. 9.3 miles away); Natividad Guiterrez (approx. 9.6 miles away); Edwin Porter's Brewery (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elwood.
 
Also see . . .  Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration's website. (Submitted on September 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 30, 2020
3. Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Marker
 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Mar. 31, 2023