Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 58, March 25

Lincoln proved himself that day, as he did so many other times.  Though he was sick on the day he delivered the Gettysburg address, he did not allow it to provent him from carrying out his duties.

The president found it in himself to show compassion for not only the fallen men, on both sides, of the Civil War and their families, he also found compassion for a young soldier who was accused of desertion.

When that soldier was sentenced to death, his father went to see Lincoln, begging for him to intervene.  Lincoln did so, staying the young man's execution.  It was not a particularly popular decision, but popularity was not Lincoln's goal.  Perhaps that is one of the reasons why he is widely considered to be America's greatest president.

1 comment:

  1. Instead of worrying about his legacy, he acted with integrity. The legacy took care of itself. It seems that our more modern leaders could use to learn from history. After all, what good is history if we only recite names and dates and never learn about the human story?