Near Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Establishing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
On March 4, 1865, just weeks before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln took his second oath of office. In his inaugural address, Lincoln spoke of the need to heal a divided nation. The last paragraph of that speech embodies the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) commitment to all who serve in the United States military.
"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 a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
In order to "consolidate and coordinate government activities affecting veterans," a new government agency was established in 1930. Today, three VA administrations provide health, benefits, and memorial services to Veterans and their families.
President Lincoln (standing,
On March 6, 1865, photographer Henry F. Warren took the last formal portrait of Lincoln on the south balcony of the White House. Warren - who attended the reception following the inauguration and asked the president if he could take his "likeness" - gained access to the White House through the president's son Tad.
Erected by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and National Cemetery Administration.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 4, 1865.
Location. 39° 50.024′ N, 89° 33.624′ W. Marker is near Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker can be reached from Camp Butler Road. Marker is located at Camp Butler National Cemetery, on the west side. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4931 Camp Butler Rd, Springfield IL 62707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Burials in the National Cemetery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Butler National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp ButlerPotawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 0.9 miles away); Abraham Lincoln and the Talisman (approx. 2.8 miles away); Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Camp Butler National Cemetery. From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' website, this is the main page for the cemetery. (Submitted on October 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Camp Butler National Cemetery on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.