among men. “The war was over.
The great rebellion which for four long years had been assailing the nation's life was quelled.
, the rebel capital, was taken; Lee
's army had surrendered; and the flag of the Union
was floating in reassured supremacy over the whole of the National
Friday, the 14th of April, the anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sumter
in 1861 by Major Anderson
to the rebel forces, had been designated by the Government
as the day on which the same officer should again raise the American
flag upon the fort in the presence of an assembled multitude, and with ceremonies befitting so auspicious an occasion.
The whole land rejoiced at the return of peace and the prospect of renewed prosperity to the country.
shared this common joy, but with a deep intensity of feeling which no other man in the whole land could ever know.
He saw the full fruition of the great work which had rested so heavily on his hands and heart for four years past.
He saw the great task — as momentous as had ever fallen to the lot of man -which he had approached with such unfeigned diffidence, nearly at an end. The agonies of war had passed away; he had won the imperishable renown which is the reward of those who save their country; and he could devote himself now to the welcome task of healing the wounds which war had made, and consolidating by a wise and magnanimous policy the severed sections of our common Union.
His heart was full of the generous sentiments which these circumstances were so well ”