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Abraham Lincoln's 1863 "We have forgotten God..." proclamation... Enrollment of the Blacks...
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April 30, 1863
NEW YORK TIMES, April 30, 1863
* Lincoln's Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer
* "We have forgotten God..."
Page 4 has: "THE NATIONAL FAST, Proclamation by the President of the United States". It contains the full text for the National Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer.
A few portions include: "...Senate of the United States devoutly recognizing the supreme authority & just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men...has...set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation...we have forgotten God...It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness..." with much more.
It is dated March 30, 1863 & signed in type at its conclusion: Abraham Lincoln.
Following Lincoln's proclamation are similar proclamations by the Governor of New York, the mayor of New York City, and the Mayor of Brooklyn, as well as an additional lengthy article in response to the proclamation.
Multiple sites consider this proclamation to be a prelude to his historic Thanksgiving proclamation given six months later and as a precursor to what is now the National Day of Prayer (adopted July 4, 1953). On September 27, 2000, the Senate, in a response to growing internal tensions, took up a resolution to reaffirm Lincoln's March 30, 1863 proclamation. The resolution was not adopted.
Additionally, the front page single-column headings include: "Opelousas Captured by Gen. Banks", "Immense Captures by Our Forces", "Charleston Still Threatened by Our Forces", "Progress of the Enrollment of the Blacks", "The Rebel Raid In Missouri", "Surprise & Defeat of Marmaduke's Advance Guard", "The Last Rebel Raid", and much more.
Eight pages, in very nice condition.