Civil War Institute
Welcome to The Civil War Institute’s This Month in Civil War History for March.
President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the sixteenth President of the United States on March 4th, 1861.
In his address, he appealed to the Southern states, encouraging them to come back into the Union by remarking "though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection."
In closing, he hoped that "the better angels of our nature" would avoid the oncoming war.
Exactly four years later, President Lincoln hummed a different tune at his second inaugural Address. [excerpt]
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Lauck, Jeffrey L., "This Month in Civil War History: March 2016" (2016). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 146.