Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., Alexander Gardner, April 10, 1865

Looking Ahead

The strains of war are clearly evident in this portrait of Lincoln, taken by Alexander Gardner in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 10, 1865. The next evening, Lincoln delivered his last speech from a second-story window of the White House to a large crowd gathered below. He acknowledged that reconstruction would be “fraught with great difficulty” and endorsed limited black suffrage, the first American president to do so.