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In June 1864 Philadelphia’s Logan Square was chosen as the site for the Great Central Fair, held to support the troops; 400,000 visitors raised a million dollars for the war effort and for the medical care of the wounded. President Lincoln attended and delivered a speech on June 14, telling Philadelphia’s citizens, “We accepted this war for an object, a worthy object, and the war will end when that object is attained. Under God, I hope it never will until that time.”

Image shown: Buildings of the Great Central Fair, in aid of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Logan Square, Philadelphia, June 1864 / drawn from nature & on stone by James Queen ; printed in oil colors by P.S. Duval & Son, Philad.


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