On March 4, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln gave his inauguration speech for his second term. On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth committed what many consider the last major act of the Civil War by assassinating Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans and historians consider Abraham Lincoln one of the greatest Presidents of the United States.
Lincoln was a man who stood by his principles and made the tough (but right) decisions. Virtually his entire presidency was spent in dealing with holding the Union together during the Civil War. His first inauguration was on March 4, 1861 and the Civil War began with shots fired on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. He ranks right up there with George Washington and, honestly, none of the Presidents I have seen in my lifetime can compare.
An excellent book on the subject of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination is Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson.