1863 State of the Union Address

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The 1863 State of the Union Address was written by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and delivered to the United States Congress, on Tuesday, December 8, 1863, amid the ongoing American Civil War. He said, "The efforts of disloyal citizens of the United States to involve us in foreign wars to aid an inexcusable insurrection have been unavailing," referring to the citizens of the Confederate States of America, and their failed efforts to bring the Emperor of France, Napoleon III, or the British Monarch, Queen Victoria, onto their side. He ended with, "The movements by State action for emancipation in several of the States not included in the emancipation proclamation are matters of profound gratulation." [1]


  1. ^ "State of the Union Address: Abraham Lincoln (December 8, 1863)". InfoPlease. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
Preceded by
1862 State of the Union Address
State of the Union addresses
Succeeded by
1864 State of the Union Address