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July 4, 2012

TT: Almanac

"I almost always feel inclined, when I happen to say anything to soldiers, to impress upon them in a few brief remarks the importance of success in this contest. It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives. I beg you to remember this, not merely for my sake, but for yours. I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has."

Abraham Lincoln, speech to the One Hundred Sixty-Sixth Ohio Regiment (Aug. 22, 1864)

Posted July 4, 2012 12:00 AM

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