President Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address, March 4th, 1865
Lincoln makes an eloquent plea for reunification. “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds . . . to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” It is a speech worthy of a dramatic actor. And one of America’s most famous actors stands just yards away. Focused on the president is John Wilkes Booth.