The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is overseeing the 4th and latest restoration of the original Enterprise model used to film The Original Series. For one day only they let the public in on the process, and TrekMovie’s Jared Whitley has the scoop and photos below. HERNDON, VA – A small piece of history beamed […]
The epic crossover tale, The Primate Directive, comes to a shocking conclusion and the Five-Year Mission of the Enterprise continues in April 2015 with a little help from IDW Publishing. Details after the break. IDW Publishing Star Trek comics for April 2015 This month’s Star Trek comics feature one of the best Kirk covers ever […]
It was just confirmed by Deadline that Simon Pegg (JJ Trek’s Scotty) and Doug Jung (creator of the TNT series Dark Blue) will co-write the script for the next Star Trek film. This comes on the heals of the exit of Bob Orci and the announcement that Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6) will take […]
You there! Humans! IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios will release the second issue of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive this week. TrekMovie reviews and previews this installment of the crossover story nobody ever expected! Spoilers and more exclamation points after the break! Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #2, January […]
After three critically acclaimed episodes (and one more just in the can), the award-winning webseries, Star Trek Continues, today launched their second Kickstarter, dubbed “Kirkstarter 2.0″, to help fund two (or maybe more) new episodes and possibly build some new sets if stretch goals are reached. After only 12 hours, they’ve already raised over $40K, […]
A new contest featured on Facebook will be of interest to Star Trek fans. The caption contest comes courtesy of WizKids and Star Trek Online/Perfect World Entertainment. Both WizKids and Perfect World Entertainment will “make a post with an image for players on Facebook to caption. WizKids will post an in-game screenshot taken from Star […]
A new contest featured on Facebook will be of interest to Star Trek fans.
The caption contest comes courtesy of WizKids and Star Trek Online/Perfect World Entertainment.
Both WizKids and Perfect World Entertainment will “make a post with an image for players on Facebook to caption. WizKids will post an in-game screenshot taken from Star Trek Online, while Perfect World Entertainment will post an image of the physical Borg Cube and Star Trek: Attack Wing. Players can submit their captions by commenting.”
Prizes will include:
First Place (2) – Star Trek: Attack Wing Cube
Second Place (2) – Star Trek: Attack Wing Deep Space Nine
Third Place (2) – Star Trek: Attack Wing Miniatures Game Starter Set
The contest begins today and ends Friday at 4 PM EST. To enter, head to the links located here and here.
Bad news for Sylar fans as Zachary Quinto has confirmed that he will not be appearing in Heroes Reborn. “I’m thrilled that they’re doing [Heroes Reborn],” said Quinto. “I’m thrilled that Jack Coleman is going back to it. “No, I’m not going to go back,” Quinto said. “I talked to them about it, and Tim […]
Bad news for Sylar fans as Zachary Quinto has confirmed that he will not be appearing in Heroes Reborn.
“I’m thrilled that they’re doing [Heroes Reborn],” said Quinto. “I’m thrilled that Jack Coleman is going back to it.
“No, I’m not going to go back,” Quinto said. “I talked to them about it, and Tim [Kring] reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation.”
Quinto enjoyed his time as Sylar though. “It was such a meaningful experience for me,” he said. “I loved that job; I loved those people. I just felt like I didn’t want to go back to it. Tim was very, very understanding. He was very understanding and supportive.”
“I just felt like I need to cultivate other outlets for myself,” said Quinto.
Fellow castmate Simon Pegg is co-writing Star Trek 3, and Chris Pine is perfectly fine with that. Pine couldn’t resist joking about it though, while speaking at the Sundance Film Festival recently. “We are worried,” joked Pine, who was at Sundance to do press for his new movie Z for Zachariah. Pine added that the […]
Fellow castmate Simon Pegg is co-writing Star Trek 3, and Chris Pine is perfectly fine with that.
Pine couldn’t resist joking about it though, while speaking at the Sundance Film Festival recently.
“We are worried,” joked Pine, who was at Sundance to do press for his new movie Z for Zachariah. Pine added that the script would now contain “vast, vast Simon Pegg monologues.”
Pegg had notified his fellow actors about his change in status. “Yeah, he sent an e-mail to all of us, and we’re all really excited,” said Pine. “What we enjoy about it is that we have a laugh. We want to make sure that that’s still embedded in there, so to have Simon writing it is the perfect fit.”
But having a fellow acting writing the script doesn’t mean the actors will get a sneak peek though. “We are quite literally the last people in production to read the script,” said Pine. “I get calls from…Catering, they’re like, ‘Hey, great script man! You have some fun stuff to do!’”
Section 31 sends Bashir to spy on a Tal’Shiar leader and determine whether a degenerative condition could be used as a cover for his murder. Plot Summary: Romulan Senator Cretak negotiates to get her ships repaired, then prepares to leave for a conference on Romulus that Bashir is also planning to attend. He wakes to […]
Section 31 sends Bashir to spy on a Tal’Shiar leader and determine whether a degenerative condition could be used as a cover for his murder.
Plot Summary: Romulan Senator Cretak negotiates to get her ships repaired, then prepares to leave for a conference on Romulus that Bashir is also planning to attend. He wakes to find Sloan from Section 31 in his quarters, insisting that in between speeches on Dominion biogenic weapons, Bashir must gather data on their Romulan allies. Though Bashir advises Sisko about the secret assignment, Admiral Ross suggests to Sisko that Bashir use the opportunity to learn more about Section 31. While traveling on the Bellerophon, a disguised Sloan tells Bashir about a Tal’Shiar leader named Koval, whom Starfleet believes may try to break up their alliance. Sloan believes Koval may be suffering from Tuvan Syndrome, and if so, Section 31 wants to maneuver Cretak into Koval’s position by killing Koval and making his death appear to be a result of his illness. Bashir is furious that his medical skills are being used to plot an assassination, though Sloan points out that if Koval remains in power, the Federation could lose the Dominion War. Cretak is impressed with Bashir’s diplomatic skills at the conference, so Bashir confides to her that he fears Section 31 may be trying to murder Koval, something they could only accomplish if they have an operative within the Romulan Empire to carry out the task. Soon after, Cretak is caught looking in the Tal’Shiar database for the names of potential traitors, and Bashir is interrogated. A Romulan court convenes at which Bashir testifies that he confided in Cretak to protect the Federation-Romulan alliance from the meddling of Section 31. Koval believes most of Bashir’s story, but announces that Sloan’s interrogation has revealed that there is no Section 31; instead, Sloan is a member of Starfleet Intelligence seeking vengeance on the Tal’Shiar for the death of his mentor. When Sloan tries to grab a weapon to kill Koval, the desperate man is shot and disintegrated. Back on the Bellerophon, Bashir tells Ross that he doesn’t believe the broken Sloan on Romulus was the same ruthless agent who recruited him. Bashir accuses Ross of using him to protect the real Federation spy on Romulus – Koval – who can now continue to protect Starfleet interests. Ross claims to be sorry that Cretak may be executed, but not sorry to have saved the lives of young Starfleet officers, to which Bashir replies that Ross has trampled on everything those men and women are dying to protect. Later, a living Sloan visits Bashir to point out that the doctor is the sort of principled person that Section 31 exists to save.
Analysis: I don’t know why I ever start to trust any character on Star Trek with a rank higher than captain, given the number of evil commodores and admirals we’ve seen over the years…from incompetent Stocker to broken Decker to murderous Cartwright to worm-possessed Quinn to unhinged Satie to tyrannical Leyton. But we hadn’t had an evil admiral episode in a while when Ross showed up, and he seemed so reasonable in his dealings with Sisko that there was no reason to believe wartime didn’t bring out the best in Starfleet. I thought Ross’s knowledge of Section 31 meant that he didn’t like having his own position’s authority challenged, not that he was in bed with an organization with the power to undermine the Federation. I’m not sure that Ross is an improvement on Leyton, who wanted to put Earth under martial law, force everyone to submit to blood tests to prove that they weren’t changelings, and bump off Sisko’s entire crew for failing to fall into line. Leyton was acting on his own initiative, with the help of just a few subordinates and elite Starfleet cadets; apparently he didn’t have the wide resources of a secret organization to quietly kill off his enemies in the name of Federation security. Usually, when we’ve seen someone commit an atrocious deed in the name of Starfleet, it’s been a rogue officer overstepping what all the other officers agree should constitute acceptable behavior. Now we know not only that there’s a secret organization answering to no one, but that the top brass at Starfleet are happy to let that organization do dirty work not even Starfleet Intelligence would touch. I’ve tended to argue with people who don’t think Deep Space Nine is real Star Trek that it’s easy to believe in the highest of principles when there’s no real threat to a majority of your citizens, when the Klingons and Romulans can’t strike at the heart of the Federation and no one ever argues Borg civil rights because the Borg aren’t individuals, whereas an attack by someone stronger makes it necessary to rethink exactly how far every admirable individual as well as every organization may need to go to preserve those principles. The Dominion War may be terrible, but I can’t really see how it isn’t necessary; pacifism would mean surrender, the loss of all civil liberties to the Founders, enforced by the Jem’Hadar. I may not like all the decisions made by those on the front lines of the war, but I understand the ethical balance they’re trying to maintain – the needs of the many over the needs of the few, as it were.
Section 31 is something else – an organization supposedly founded at the time of the Starfleet charter and named for its clause excusing extreme measures to counter extreme threats. Sloan claims it has existed continuously in peacetime as well as wartime, doing the very things a society founded on broad principles of liberty and non-interference is meant to deplore. I think I’d have an easier time with above-board war crimes than with “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges.” Ross could have tried to recruit Bashir directly, the way O’Brien was brought in by Starfleet Intelligence to perform shady spy work for a less critical cause than protecting the Federation-Romulan alliance (which was forged by another event of great moral ambivalence, an assassination carried out by Garak after a broadly worded imprimatur by Sisko). Bashir might have gotten huffy the same way he did with Sloan about how it’s his job to save patients, not look for ways to exploit their illnesses, and he’d have been just as irate about being used to set up Cretak, but this is the same Bashir who along with his fellow augments thought the war should be ended as quickly as possible even if it meant surrender and a loss of liberty. If Ross had said, “Look, we need to protect Koval, who’s our greatest asset in keeping the Romulans in the war,” Bashir would likely have gone along with whatever plan Starfleet came up with, or used his enhanced brain to come up with a better one. We’ve been given no reason to believe that Section 31 is so much better at what they do (or even so much more ruthless) than Starfleet Intelligence, so why does Ross turn to them? Nominally it’s an issue of interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign power, which Bashir points out is explicitly forbidden by the Federation charter, except we’ve seen Starfleet officers do it before, particularly with the Klingons. Kirk’s headfirst plunge into the Eminiar-Vendikar war did not get him court-martialed. And surely the assassination of a Romulan senator counts as greater meddling than trying to trick a bunch of Romulans into keeping one person in power while sending another to prison, yet Sisko didn’t feel it necessary to resign from Starfleet, nor even, so far as I can tell, to explain to Starfleet that their blanket authorization of forgery had encompassed murder as well. However one feels about most of the terrible things we’ve witnessed during Starfleet wars, they’ve either been under the auspices of Starfleet Command or explicitly denounced (sometimes just to keep the peace, as with Captain Maxwell’s attacks on Cardassians, and sometimes because someone has to take the fall, as with several Maquis stories).
Section 31 feels like an attempt to have it both ways – to proclaim that this is still Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek and to insist that, really, Gene Roddenberry’s ideals can’t possibly survive without people who fight for them by going against everything they’re supposed to represent. It’s a cynical and ugly innovation, one that bothers me much more than anything any specific character does. It suggests that the highest principles of the Federation, universal cooperation and respect, must be built on a foundation of self-interest, distrust and dirty dealing. And that reduces all of Star Trek to yet another science fiction series – maybe more realistic, more like Babylon 5 or the more recent Battlestar Galactica, but not the unique franchise that transformed science fiction and its place in the popular imagination. It doesn’t feel like anything new and creative, either, more like something snatched from DS9′s contemporary shows like The X-Files, which also did episodes in which hospitals and medical conferences were full not of optimistic doctors but of military people looking to use deadly conditions as weapons. It’s easy to see in retrospect that “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” is a precursor to “When It Rains…,” the episode in which Bashir will realize that the Founders’ disease was engineered by Section 31 to exterminate the Dominion, so the scenes in which the Romulans are overly curious asking Bashir about the Quickening become especially creepy. It’s possible that Bashir’s own research was used to create the illness that infects Odo and very nearly triggers genocide. I can’t imagine Picard or Nechayev or Janeway at her worst putting up with Section 31. Not even Kirk in his bitterest “Let them die!” tirade about the Klingons was actively working to slaughter the entire race of his perceived enemies. I agree with Bashir that in attempting to save young Starfleet officers from war, Ross and Section 31 have begun to unravel everything that Starfleet is supposed to represent. And when I look at how how the organization is retconned in the alternate history of Into Darkness, one thing I think that film unquestionably gets right in terms of Star Trek values is that Section 31 would never remain a secret while fighting ugly wars throughout the 23rd century. If the true mission is exploration, the dirty tactics of underhanded violence should exist only as the occasional, crucial diversion, not as something perpetuated throughout the ages as the bedrock of this society.
2018′s Aquaman might have a familiar nuTrek actor on the project. The word is that Warner Brothers would like to have Karl Urban in Aquaman. Aquaman, created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, first appeared in DC Comics in November 1941. At this point in time, several scripts for Aquaman are being evaluated and Aquaman […]
2018′s Aquaman might have a familiar nuTrek actor on the project.
The word is that Warner Brothers would like to have Karl Urban in Aquaman.
Aquaman, created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, first appeared in DC Comics in November 1941.
At this point in time, several scripts for Aquaman are being evaluated and Aquaman might be the first of a four-picture deal, with plenty of money set aside in the budget.
The word is that Warner Brothers is waiting for Star Trek 3 to shoot and finish so that they could have Urban in a supporting role – possibly as the villain of the piece.
Jeff Nichols and Noam Murro are both on the list of potential directors, but it’s early days yet.
In addition to taking on the role of Scotty in Star Trek 3, Simon Pegg will also have a hand in shaping the script for the sequel. Pegg will be co-writing along with Doug Jung, creator of TNT’s Dark Blue series. Pegg is not unfamiliar with writing, having written for other movies such as Shaun […]
In addition to taking on the role of Scotty in Star Trek 3, Simon Pegg will also have a hand in shaping the script for the sequel.
Pegg will be co-writing along with Doug Jung, creator of TNT’s Dark Blue series.
Pegg is not unfamiliar with writing, having written for other movies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Paul.
Jung has written for Bad Robot and Paramount before, which is how he came to their attention.
A new NASA giant-screen documentary on the future of human space travel was narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. The documentary is called Journey to Space. Journey to Space is “a new large-format movie about the concepts, hardware and people carrying out the next generation missions to make humanity a space-faring civilization.” “It was a delight […]
A new NASA giant-screen documentary on the future of human space travel was narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart.
The documentary is called Journey to Space.
Journey to Space is “a new large-format movie about the concepts, hardware and people carrying out the next generation missions to make humanity a space-faring civilization.”
“It was a delight to contribute to this exciting film project,” said Stewart. “[Journey to Space] will let audiences young and old know how surprisingly close we are to sending humans into deep space.”
“Patrick’s narration is the perfect icing on our space-story cake,” said Mark Krenzien, the director of Journey to Space. “Everyone in the studio was beyond impressed by his enthusiasm for the project and his dedication to every nuance and detail.”
“No longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation,” said Bob Kresser, chief executive officer of K2 Films. “Our goal in making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning under way that will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history.”
Journey to Space “features scenes filmed at NASA facilities and by astronauts in space, as well as animation of NASA‘s next-generation Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, Orion crew capsule, and Olympus, a commercial concept for an inflatable transit habitat for long-duration missions.”
Journey to Space will “launch into select theaters” beginning next month.
The start date for filming Star Trek 3 has been announced. Star Trek 3 will begin shooting in the spring. The filming start date will be April 15, at the Vancouver Film Studios in Vancouver, B.C. Directed by Justin Lin, Star Trek 3 will be released July 8, 2016.
The start date for filming Star Trek 3 has been announced.
Star Trek 3 will begin shooting in the spring.
The filming start date will be April 15, at the Vancouver Film Studios in Vancouver, B.C.
Directed by Justin Lin, Star Trek 3 will be released July 8, 2016.
In a powerful performance, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Patrick Stewart stars in the new film Match, which was released theatrically earlier this month by IFC Films. Thus far, the film has received a rating of 74%, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. You can watch the embedded […]
Simon Pegg, who has played the new “Scotty” in the 2009 Star Trek reboot and Star Trek Into Darkness, has been tapped to co-write STAR TREK 3. No stranger to screenwriting, Pegg will co-write the film with Doug Jung — the creator of the TNT series Dark Blue. Pegg’s writing credits include the Edgar Wright-directed […]
Patrick Stewart, best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, is set to lend his voice to Journey to Space, a new theatrical film which delves into the concepts, hardware and people carrying out the next generation missions to bring human beings further into space. “It was a delight to […]
On what would have been his 95th birthday, we here at TrekNews.net would like to acknowledge DeForest Kelley. His iconic portrayal of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek, made him household name and propelled the Georgia-native from a supporting character in the first season of the series to the main cast in the following […]
On Wednesday (January 14), Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Sir Patrick Stewart appeared on Conan. Stewart’s knighthood, that he received in 2010, was one of the topics of conversation. “It came in a brown envelope and it was put in a plastic shopping bag — with a whole lot of other mail — and when […]
Bye Bye, Robot has announced its launch of Five new officially licensed Star Trek posters...one poster for each of the live series. As with many of Bye Bye, Robot's previous posters, all of these new posters are printed on acid-free heavyweight coverstock that is thicker than normal paper...more akin to business card thickness. Further, the acid-free nature of the paper makes them archival. These five new prints were painted by four different artists; two returning artists, and two artists who are new to Bye Bye, Robot.
CBS Watch! magazine released a Star Trek special collector’s edition this week. Retailing for $9.99, the issue features an inside look at the show and releases never-before-seen photos. It hit the newsstands yesterday, December 1st, so they're still out there waiting for you.
We also happened to be handed two of the photos that are included in this collectors issue, and thought you might like to get a sneak peek. Check them out below.
If you're in the Indianapolis area and celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday but still have a bunch of days off after that, you can now fill that time with Star Trek! It's time again for Starbase Indy!
That's right, one of the best independently run Star Trek conventions around, Starbase Indy, just happens to be going on this weekend; November 28th - 30th 2014. We're not biased, we swear...it's just that we've attended one of their conventions a few years back and it was a fabulous time. Because this convention is not a "mega-convention" you get less wait time for panels and events, tons of after hours parties and fun, close up seating to panels, and much closer access to the guests overall, which ultimately turns it into an awesomely memorable experience!
We've been watching the Enterprise In Space project from afar for a long time, and it's great to see it coming together. They have picked up quite a few notable endorsers along the way, including; Buzz Aldrin, Nichelle Nichols, Larry Nemecek, and Grace Lee Whitney.
Take a peek at what it's all about, below, and be sure to check out their website and see how you can participate!
A screen used vest worn by members of the Maquis. The Maquis were a rebellious organization of Federation-born colonists and discontented Starfleet officers who organized against the Cardassian occupation of their homes in the Demilitarized Zone after their colonies were ceded to the Cardassian Union by Federation Cardassian Treaties in the late 2360s and early 2370s. Starfleet Command considered members of the Maquis to be traitors, while Cardassia considered the Maquis to be terrorists.
The vest was worn by actor John Franklyn Robbins in his role as Macias throughout the episode "Preemptive strike" of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994. Macias was a citizen of Juhraya, a Federation colony that came under Cardassian rule after a treaty was signed with the Federation. He was the leader of a Maquis cell that opposed the treaty. Macias become a friend with Ro Laren who joins the Maquis in "Preemptive Strike".
The vest was also used on the set of Voyager by stunt actor Steve Blalock. In the episode "Worst Case Scenario" he plays a Maquis rebel, too. The production team added a velcro patch to the vest for a Starfleet combadge.
The Klingon baldric was a sash that traditionally went over the left or right shoulder of noble Klingons. It contained the symbol of a Klingon House or it was used to hold knives and disruptors. In 2009 the look of the famous alien warriors was redesigned by costume designer Michael Kaplan for J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek.
The Klingons wear helmets and grey thick coats with a large black baldric. Kaplan described them as his favorite costumes for the film, explaining he modeled the helmets on a horseshoe crab, while the coats were intended to resemble the texture of an elephant or rhinoceros. The baldric is made of leather. The outer layer is calf skin. Two snaps and velcro are mounted inside to fasten the baldric.
Unfortunately the scenes with the new Klingons set on Rura Penthe were cut in Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams tried to avoid a disruption of narrative flow. But the Klingons returned in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Michael Kaplan revised the costumes again. Although the Klingons got new outfits with a different kind of baldric you can see a Klingon with a black baldric which was designed for its predecessor.
We spent Saturday at the Smithsonian Institution with the eleven-foot USS Enterprise filming model from the original "Star Trek" series, taking a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming preservation project -- while we have lots more on the way, here's a sneak preview of our upcoming video exclusive!
It all comes to a head in the final chapter of "The Q Gambit," as Kirk and crew spend their last minutes in an alternate future -- but when Q and the Bajoran Wormhole aliens collide with Dukat and a Pah-Wraith-powered Dominion threat, all bets are off!
After a rocky few months, it's been revealed tonight that Scotty actor Simon Pegg -- writers of such big-screen hits like "Shaun of the Dead" and "The World's End" -- will be co-writing the next "Star Trek" film, due out in 2016.
We're picking up where we left off in 19th Century San Francisco as Data tries to avoid "Time's Arrow" in Part 2 of the feature-length episode. Brand new high definition screencaps from the Star Trek: The Next Generation Sixth Season opener are now available!
DeForest Kelly's birthday was January 20th, and I couldn't let it pass without some kind of mention. This true Southern gentleman (born in Taccoa, GA) never let the lights of Hollywood get in his eyes and change him from the kind and humble man he was.
Here is a link to all the posts on this blog that are tagged with his name. A great way to celebrate his memory!
Bonus: a behind-the-scenes photo of Kelley getting his old-age makeup applied for "The Deadly Years." He had a great time acting in this episode as he took his "crusty old country doctor" persona to the ultimate level!
(A repost from the past.) From the late summer of 1992, the front of a promotional card advertising the soon arrival of the newest Hallmark Christmas decoration... the Shuttlecraft Galileo!
(Click on images to enlarge.)
And below, the back of the card that tells of a "landing party" where a cardboard Enterprise mobile would be given away. These had been used in earlier promotions, hanging from the ceilings of the stores.
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Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 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 unequaled 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, tranquility 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 Unites States the Eighty-eighth. By the President: Abraham Lincoln William H. Seward, Secretary of State
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