For the text of Lincoln's second Inaugural Address see Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address at Wikisource. This image of Lincoln delivering his second inaugural address is the most famous photograph of the event. Lincoln stands in the center, with papers in his hand. African American U.S. troops marching at Lincoln's second inauguration.
On November 11th, 1918, the Germans and the Allies signed a treaty in the Forest of Compiegne in France ending World War I. Armistice Day, as it was known then, ended four years of bloody conflict. People throughout the world blew whistles, held impromptu parades, closed places of business and paid.