The Civil War, 1861-1865

Author: Abraham Lincoln  | Date: 1861

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Lincoln’s Farewell Words in Springfield

MY friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place and the kindness of this people I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born and one is buried.

I now leave, not knowing when or whether ever I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being who ever attended him I can not succeed. With that assistance I can not fail.

Trusting in Him who can go with me and remain with you and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.


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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "Lincoln’s Farewell Words in Springfield," The Civil War, 1861-1865 in The World’s Famous Orations, Vol.2, P.238-239 Original Sources, accessed March 22, 2019,

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "Lincoln’s Farewell Words in Springfield." The Civil War, 1861-1865, in The World’s Famous Orations, Vol.2, P.238-239, Original Sources. 22 Mar. 2019.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'Lincoln’s Farewell Words in Springfield' in The Civil War, 1861-1865. cited in , The World’s Famous Orations, Vol.2, P.238-239. Original Sources, retrieved 22 March 2019, from