Lincoln’s Death, New Nation: April 1865 to 1877

Lincoln on the Mountaintop

Was this what the people of Washington wished to hear?

Given the excitement and joy, they would have cheered almost anything, but there were some who were disappointed by the clemency inherent in Lincoln’s approach. Should the former Confederate states not suffer some type of punishment for their misdeeds? Was the vote of 12,000 people—just ten percent of those who had voted in 1860—sufficient to bring a state back into the Union?

Lincoln was persuaded that the task would be difficult.


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