President Abraham Lincoln: “We are not enemies, but friends.”


“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

– President Abraham Lincoln

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, featuring a close-up of his head and shoulders. He is dressed in a dark suit with a bow tie, and his face shows his characteristic deep-set eyes, prominent cheekbones, and a thin, furrowed brow. He has a beard without a mustache and his hair is combed to the side. The backdrop is neutral, and the overall tone of the photo is historical and somber.
President Abraham Lincoln, 1863

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