Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To the Friends of Union and Liberty [1]

Executive Mansion, Washington,
To the friends of Union & Liberty. May 9, 1864.

Enough is known of Army operations within the last five days to claim our especial gratitude to God; while what remains undone demands our most sincere prayers to, and reliance upon, Him, without whom, all human effort is vain. I recommend that all patriots, at their homes, in their places of public worship, and wherever they may be, unite in common thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God. ABRAHAM LINCOLN


[1]   ADfS, DLC-RTL; copy, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 47. This press release appeared in the newspapers on May 10, 1864.

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