Abraham Lincoln last words Holy Land

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next morning at approximately 7:22 a.m. Lincoln was the first U.S. president to be assassinated.

The attack came just five days after the end of the American Civil War.

Two Jerusalems

A strong case can be made, based on the “Personal Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln” (kept at the Illinois State Historical Library), a manuscript Noyes W. Miner, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Springfield, Illinois, who wrote of his conversations with Mary Todd Lincoln in 1882, and several other references, that these were Abraham Lincoln’s last words:

“We will visit the Holy Land, and see those places hallowed by the footsteps of the Savior. There is no city on earth I so much desire to see as Jerusalem.”

These are the words that follow in the manuscript:
“and with that word half spoken on his tongue, the bullet from the pistol of the assassin’s entered his brain, and the soul of the great and good President was carried by the Angels to the New Jerusalem & above.”

Abraham Lincoln last words Holy Land

Lincoln’s last words about the Holy Land may be up for debate. However, his words of appreciation for the Holy Bible are not, and we made a shirt based on them:


Lincoln Bible t-shirt collage

8 replies
  1. Brad Watson
    Brad Watson says:

    ‘Father Abraham’ Lincoln was shot on Good Friday with his wife Mary at his side, but he didn’t die that day.

    “We will visit the Holy Land, and see those places hallowed by the footsteps of the Savior. There is no city on earth I so much desire to see as Jerusalem.” This Lincoln quote is usually attributed to him earlier on Good Friday April 14 when he and Mary took a carriage ride together. Was it his last words? Probably not – it was probably a mistake of Mary Lincoln 17 years after his assassination.

    After the Lincolns and their guests arrived late at John Ford’s Theater, it’s usually stated that ‘Mother’ held hands with ‘Father’ and said to him, “What will our guests think of my holding your hand?” And the President’s last words were, “They’ll think nothing of it.” 17 years later, Mary may have consciously rewritten history.

    • Laura Fletcher
      Laura Fletcher says:

      I distrust those who wish to change history and make claims after all those who can discredit them have died.
      I belive his wife knows more about what he said than any supposedly historian who wishes to change history by inventing history.

  2. Phyllis
    Phyllis says:

    I have always admired our beloved President Lincoln. I believe he did say those words about visiting the Holy Land. My heart goes out to his wife who suffered thru the lost of her children and then her husband. President Lincoln was a man who was for the people. May he and his wife find peace knowing he was loved by many and a great leader to our country. May they rest in Eternal Peace.

  3. Creth
    Creth says:

    As a 61 year old man that absolutely loves our great country USA, there’s no better country on the planet as our fourfathers wrote the constitution from biblical principles that we are to live by is the most remarkable things in the history of the world. It’s a shame EVIL people are destroying our country and are about to take over. We all must pray for our country to come back together in living by biblical principles to save our great nation.

  4. Kate Braden
    Kate Braden says:

    President Lincoln has always been my favorite. He had morals an loved his familly an God. He cares about the people that was in slavery he knew it wasn’t right. Today I believe him an his family are walking the streets of gold.


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