Speech from Jun. 1, 1865

A Memorial Discourse on the Character of Abraham Lincoln

  • Full Title

    A Memorial Discourse on the Character of Abraham Lincoln

  • Description

    Address delivered by P. D. Day at Hollis, New Hampshire where he highlights the President's virtues and encourages his congregation to appreciate government more. He also comments on the international response and compares the event to the death of Abner in Samuel 3:32. He also makes reference to two nicknames for Lincoln, "Father Abraham" and "Honest Abe." During the 19th century, it became popular to publish sermons in newspapers and magazines. Both the Union and the Confederacy reported increased religious fervor during the war. "Abraham Lincoln struggled personally with trying to understand the war in religious terms. Many, including Lincoln, came to see the war as a punishment for disunity and religious failures. A powerful theme of the sermons is the providence of God. Many people viewed Lincoln as a martyr, and often he was compared to Moses, Abraham, and George Washington. Lincoln's assassination took place on Good Friday, so most sermons about his death occurred that following Sunday at services." - The Martyred President, Emory University Libraries.

  • Transcription

    Transcript available on The Martyred President: Sermons Given on the Occasion of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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    Emory University Libraries

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    This item is in the public domain. As a service to other researchers, we request that users credit the Emory University Libraries as the source.

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    P. D. Day. "A Memorial Discourse on the Character of Abraham Lincoln". McFarland & Jenks. Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed July 14, 2020. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/950