Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the
nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865). The
nation's bloodiest conflict, the Civil War, which followed the secession
of southern states, was the supreme test of the durability of the Union
created by the founding fathers.
Lincoln's stewardship of the Union cause contributed to the
final victory of the Union and the abolishment of slavery in the United
States. These victories earned him the sobriquets of "Savior of the
Union." Lincoln was assassinated while attending a play at Ford's
Theatre in Washington, D.C. For many he then became a martyr to the
causes of union and emancipation.
1911, Congress authorized the building of the Lincoln Memorial on the
undeveloped west end of the Mall. Construction took place between 1914
and 1922. President Warren G. Harding attended the 1922 dedication. In
1933, the Lincoln Memorial was transferred to the jurisdiction of the
National Park Service.
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