Arts-and-Entertainment The president’s words sent shivers through many who heard and read them, although no one could say for certain what they meant. Was Lincoln endorsing more war, or peace? Northern Unionists nonetheless applauded. An editorialist said Lincoln’s inaugural message should be "printed in gold"; Frederick Douglass, the AfricanAmerican leader, called it "a sacred effort." Lincoln valued the praise. "Every one likes a .pliment," he admitted in a letter to the New York political boss Thurlow Weed. He told Weed he expected his inaugural message "to wear as well as – perhaps better than – any thing I have produced." As for those who didn’t like what he had said, he could only reflect that a prophet was rarely honored in his own time or his own country. "Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. To deny it, however, in this case, is to deny that there is a God governing the world." God continued to govern, in the Union’s favor, during the following month. With Sherman sweeping up through the Carolinas and Phil Sheridan closing in from western Virginia, Grant drove Robert E. Lee from Richmond on April 2 and captured the abandoned Confederate capital. Lincoln couldn’t resist visiting the city, which starkly evinced the cost of the conflict. "The entire business portion of the city is a heap of smoldering ruins," a newsman ac.panying the president recorded. "And nothing but the absence of wind saved the entire city from destruction." Richmond’s African-American population rejoiced at the .ing of their liberator. "Bless the Lord, there is the great Messiah!" one elderly black man proclaimed. Others echoed the sentiment: "Bless the Lord! Father Abraham’s .e!" With victory apparently within reach, Lincoln urged his .manders to finish the job. Secretary of War Stanton passed along a telegram from Sheridan, which Lincoln quoted to Grant: "Gen. Sheridan says, ‘If the thing is pressed I think that Lee will surrender.’ Let the thing be pressed." Grant did so, and on April 9 forced Lee’s surrender in Virginia at Appomattox Court House. For more information visit the website at linkslondonhut.. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: