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wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
Of this address—which was of course made the subject for the coarsest comments of those who enjoyed nought so much as aiding the pack that hounded Mr. Lincoln while livingan English journal, second to none in ability and judgment, and leader of the better class of thinkers in that country, thus spoke :
“It is the most remarkable thing of the sort, ever pronounced by any President of the United States from the first day until now. Its Alpha and its Omega is Almighty God, the God of justice and the Father of mercies, who is working out the purposes of his love. It is invested with a dignity and pathos, which lift it high above every thing of the kind, whether in the Old World or the New. The whole thing puts us in mind of the best men of the English Commonwealth; there is, in fact, much of the old prophet about it.”
On the 16th of March, in accordance with an Act of Congress, grace was extended to deserters by the following proclamation :
“WHEREAS, The twenty-first section of the act of Congress, approved on the 3d instant, entitled ' an act to amend the several acts heretofore passed to provide for the enrolling and calling out of the National forces, and for other purposes,' requires that, in addition to the other lawful penalties of the crime of desertion from the military or naval service, "all persons who have deserted the military or naval service of the United States, who shall not return to the said service or report themselves to a provost-marshal within sixty days after the proclamation hereinafter mentioned, shall be deemed and taken to have voluntarily relinquisbed and forfeited their
Proclamation to Deserters.
Penalties for continued Absenco.
rights to become citizens; and such deserters shall be forever incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under the United States, or of exercising any rights of citizens thereof; and all persons who shall hereafter desert the military or naval service, and all persons who, being duly enrolled, shall depart the jurisdiction of the district in which he is enrolled, or go beyond the limits of the United States, with the intent to avoid any draft into the military or naval service duly ordered, shall be liable to the penalties of this section. And the President is hereby authorized and required forthwith, on the passage of this act, to issue his proclamation setting forth the provisions of this section, in which proclamation the President is requested to notify all deserters returning within sixty days, as aforesaid, that they shall be pardoned on condition of returning to their regiments and companies, or to such other organizations as they may be assigned to, unless they shall have served for a period of time, equal to their original term of enlistment
“Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do issue this my proclamation, as required by said act, ordering and requiring all deserters to return to their proper posts, and I do hereby notify them that all deserters who shall within sixty days from the date of this proclamation, viz.: on or before the tenth day of May, 1865, return to service, or report themselves to a provost-marshal, shall be pardoned, on condition that they return to their regiments and companies or such other organizations as they may be assigned to, and serve the remainder of their original terms of enlistment, and, in addition thereto, a period equal to the time lost by desertion.
“In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
"Done at the city of Washington, this eleventh day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
President goes to the Front.
Capture of Petersburg.
and sixty-five, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-ninth. “By the President:
A BRAHAM LINCOLN. "W. H. SEWARD, Secretary of State."
President Visits City Point-Leo's Failure-Grant's Movement-Abraham Lincoln in
Richmond-Lee's Surrender-President's Impromptu Speech-Speech on Reconstruction-Proclamation Closing Certain Ports-Proclamation Relative to Maritime RightsSupplementary Proclamation-Orders from the War Department—The Traitor President.
On the afternoon of the 23d of March, 1865, the President, accompanied by Mrs. Lincoln, his youngest son, and a few invited guests, left Washington for an excursion to City Point. The trip was taken under advice of his medical attendant, his health having become somewhat impaired by his unremitting attention to the pressing duties of his office.
A desperate attempt had been made by Lee to break through the lines surrounding him. Assaulting our right centre, he had been repulsed with a severe loss.
Shortly after, Grant determined that the moment had arrived for his advance. A movement was ordered along the entire line-Petersburg fell—Richmond was abandoned in bot haste—and Lee's routed army “driven to the wall."
During the progress of the movement, the President for. warded, from time to time, the particulars—pressed on to the evacuated Capital-entered it, conspicuous amid the sweeping mass of men, women, and children, black, white, and yellow, running, shouting, dancing, swinging their caps, bonnets, and handkerchiefs-passed on to the deserted mansion of the rebel chief, cheer upon cheer going up from the
Terms of Capitulation.
Sherman in Motion.
excited multitude—there held a levee_left the same evening for City Point-and soon afterward returned to Washington.
Lee, hemmed in on every side, soon after surrendered; the terms of capitulation, which were dictated by the magnanimous President, and dated Appomattox Court House, April.ninth, 1865, being as follows:
“GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE, ARMY C. S. :-In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th inst., I propose to receive the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate, one copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate, the officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander to sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms,
The arms, artillery, and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officers appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their parole and the laws in force where they may reside.
" Very respectfully,
“U. S. GRANT, Lieutenant-General.” Johnston was next in order; and toward him Sherman was in motion.
The night following the President's arrival in Washington, the workmen of the Navy-yard formed in procession, marched to the White House, in front of which thousands were assembled, bands playing, and the entire throng alive with excitement.
Repeated calls having been made for him, he appeared at
President's Impromptu Speech.
Likes “ Dixie."
the window, on the entrance door, calm amid the tumult, and was greeted with cheers and waving of hats.
Comparative silence having been secured, he said:
“MY FRIENDS :—I am very greatly rejoiced that an occasion has occurred so pleasurable that the people can't restrain themselves. I suppose that arrangements are being made for some sort of formal demonstration-perhaps this evening or to-morrow night. If there should be such a demonstration, I, of course, will have to respond to it; and I will have nothing to say
dribble it out of me. “I see you have a band. I propose now closing up by requesting you to play a certain piece of music, or a tuneI thought · Dixie' one of the best tunes I ever heard.
“I had heard that our adversaries over the way had attempted to appropriate it. I insisted yesterday we had fairly captured it! I presented the question to the Attorney General, and he gave it as his opinion that it is our lawful prize. I ask the band to give us a good turn upon it.”
* The band accordingly played “Dixie,” with extraordinary vigor, when “three cheers and a tiger" were given, followed by the tune of “Yankee Doodle." The President then proposed three rousing cheers for Grant and all under his command—and next, three cheers for the Navy and all its forces.
The President then retired, amid cheers, the tune of “ Hail Columbia,” and the firing of cannon.
On the night of the eleventh of April, the Executive Departments, including the President's House, as also many places of business and private residences, were illuminated, and adorned with transparencies and national flags ; bon-fires plazed in various parts of the city; and rockets were fired.
In response to the unanimous call of the thousands of both sexes who surrounded the Executive Mansion, Mr. Lincoln appeared at an upper window, and when the cheering