Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Speech to One Hundred Eighty-Ninth New York Volunteers [1]

October 24, 1864

SOLDIERS: I am exceedingly obliged to you for this mark of respect. It is said that we have the best Government the world ever knew, and I am glad to meet you, the supporters of that Government. To you who render the hardest work in its support should be given the greatest credit. Others who are connected with it, and who occupy higher positions, their duties can be dispensed with, but we cannot get along without your aid. While others differ with the Administration, and, perhaps, honestly, the soldiers generally have sustained it; they have not only fought right, but, so far as could be judged from their actions, they have voted right, and I for one thank you for it. I know you are en route for the front, and therefore do not expect me to detain you long, and will therefore bid you good morning.

Annotation

[1]   New York Times, October 25, 1864. ``The One Hundred and Eighty-ninth Regiment New-York Volunteers, organized under the late call for 500,000 men . . . passed through this city [Washington] to-day, on their way to the front. Prior to their departure by transport, the regiment was paraded in front of the White House, and presented to the President. . . .'' (Ibid.).