With a presidential proclamation, Abraham Lincoln calls for a day of "humiliation, prayer, and fasting"
President Lincoln, at the request of Congress, issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in the upcoming month of September as "a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation." Observations were held across the nation on the designated day, September 28, 1861. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), III: 37.