President Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving in 1863

This is President Lincoln’s proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the following proclamation establishing Thanksgiving:

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Sangamon Watches Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

Sangamon Watch Company is hosting a Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale now through December 2, 2019, you will save much more for pre-orders at – holiday discount will apply automatically at online checkout, even lower than pre-sales price! Place your order and become a member of exclusive Sangamon Dock business networking club today!

Fresh Start on Monday – Sangamon Watches

The New Beginnings Series of Sangamon Watches represents the launch of new endeavors that alters our path down life’s journeys. New Beginnings generates excitement in our spirits and propels us to be our best selves.

Lincoln’s River Collection

Abraham Lincoln is widely recognized by historians as America’s most iconic president; yet he started his journey as a common Midwestern pioneer facing challenges at nearly every turn. The engraved backside of this watch depicts a thrilling moment in 1831 when young Abe Lincoln navigated down the Sangamon River eventually getting his boat stuck on a mill dam. Lincoln showed his ingenuity and leadership skills to help maneuver away from the dam, impressing many of the locals who had gathered around to watch. The Lincoln’s River Collection is a limited edition model of only 500 watches available worldwide. Over two dozens of Sangamon watches have been pre-ordered by international collectors. Deliveries are expected in January 2020.

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Route 66 Film Festival Coming to Town

It is Friday again. There is a great event this weekend at the Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield, Illinois. The 18th Route 66 Film Festival will be a fun event for people of all ages to go. You can find out more information about the two day festival at

Gettysburg Address 156th Anniversary Presentation Ceremony in Springfield Illinois

Today is the 156th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We were honored to attend the Ashikaga Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address at the Old State Capitol in Springfield Illinois this morning. The annual Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address Speech and Essay Contest’s winners from Springfield’s Sister City of Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan presented the Gettysburg Address in the Hall of Representatives. Springfield Mayor James O. Langfelder delivered welcome remarks to the Japanese delegation. Artisan Business Group, Inc. is the local sponsor of the 17th Gettysburg delegation from Japan.

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Monday Reading: Retreat from Gettysburg

Tomorrow will be the anniversary for Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered a short speech at the end of of ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, PA. That speech has come to be known as the Gettysburg Address. Suggested reading: “Retreat from Gettysburg” by Kent Masterson Brown.

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