The Final Struggles: September 1864 to April 1865

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

What, meanwhile, had happened to Vice President Andrew Johnson?

Before Lincoln stepped out of the Capitol to deliver his second inaugural address, the new Vice President, Andrew Johnson (1808–1875), delivered a speech in the Senate chamber. He was preceded by the outgoing Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin (1809–1891).

An April 8, 1865, illustration from the Illustrated London News shows the inaugural ball celebration held at the Great Hall of the Patent Office in Washington, D.C.


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