Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

by Thomas F. Schwartz

In the autumn 1999 issue of this newsletter I published an excerpt from the diary of Solomon Wieder Hagerty (February 28, 1842–January 29, 1867) who served in the United States Marine Corps, from 1864 through 1866. The following entry vividly describes the events of March 4, 1865, for Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration. Characteristic of the era’s racism, Hagerty refers to blacks as “niggers.” Spelling, punctuation, and grammar reflect that found in the diary.

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