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With a presidential proclamation, Abraham Lincoln calls for a day of "humiliation, prayer, and fasting"

Abraham Lincoln, May 16, 1861, Brady image, detail
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) 
Source Citation: 
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.