|Posted:||January 27, 2020 03:58 PM|
|From:||Representative Dan Moul and Rep. Harry Readshaw|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||House Resolution for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday|
|Abraham Lincoln, who is known as the president who emancipated slaves in America and got us through the Civil War may have been born in a single room log cabin in Kentucky, later moving to Indiana and on to lllinois but Pennsylvania also has a special affinity for him beyond his preservation of the Union.
The Commonwealth and its leaders were among the most loyal in the fight to hold the nation together. Tens of thousands of its young men marched off to the Civil War and the active support of Pennsylvania officials were essential to the long and costly struggle. Governor Andrew Curtin was foremost among them, regarded as one of Lincoln's most valuable allies outside of Washington.
Then, of course, there was Gettysburg, where the fortuity of the Confederacy was turned, largely by the bravery and bloodshed of thousands of Pennsylvania troops and officers. Gettysburg is also where Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.
The value of that moral and physical support was evidenced by the inclusion of Pennsylvania in the route for the martyred president's funeral train, including a stop here in Harrisburg to lie in state in the House of Representatives chamber of the old Capitol Building.
For these reasons, we will be re-introducing a resolution to honor the 211th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, who was born on February 12,1809. Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of one of America's greatest presidents.