Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quote of the Day: And now he belongs to the ... (Edwin Stanton)

That house where Lincoln died, 146 years later147 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln died of an assassin's bullet at the house pictured here. By his bedside after he died, at 7:22 am, Edwin M. Stanton (Secretary of War) announced: "Now he belongs to the ... " and then there is dispute. Did he say "ages" or "angels"?

Perhaps it was "angels" and Stanton was echoing Lincoln's First Inaugural Address where Lincoln called upon the "better angels":
"The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
Or perhaps it was the "ages" and Stanton was seeing the future when Lincoln would become of the American recognized the world over.


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