Category - Second Administration


Reconstruction was part of the contest for the next presidential elections. Lincoln was reelected on the belief that he should better finish the difficult job he had already started.


Reconstruction started by asserting power in Confederate lands by setting appointed military governors and replacing existing Confederate governments.

Inauguration of Second Term

President Lincoln's second term inauguration took place on March 4, 1865 at the Capitol in the Nation's Capital.

Second Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln

At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the...

Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

Previous attempt After Lincoln became president in 1861 threats against his life became common. The first attempt to murder him was during his voyage to the nation’s capital from his residence in Springfield, Illinois. The newly elected president...