This year has been the sesquicentennial year for significant events in American history, and they all involved the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
The Emancipation Proclamation became law on Jan. 1, 1863. The Battle of Gettysburg raged during the first three days of July 1863.
On Nov. 19, the Gettysburg Address was delivered 150 years ago.
And President Lincoln officially declared the last Thursday of November to be a national day of thanksgiving in 1863. Congress in 1941 would alter the date of Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November.
Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, among the trauma of the American Civil War, has greatly influenced our national life.
MICHAEL R. MURPHY