Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address anniversary

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address anniversary

November 19th, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address.  The address / speech was given by President Abraham Lincoln on the battlefield after the Battle of Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863 during the American Civil War 1861 - 1865.      

It was reported President Lincoln wrote the speech on the back of an envelope while on a train traveling to the dedication.  Amazingly President Lincoln was not the noted speaker and some in the news media gave the speech a low rating. 

President Lincoln is rated by many historians to be thee greatest American president, if not then of the 19th century.  The Gettysburg address was delivered by the President four and a half months after the battle.  Incidentally the Union armies defeated the Confederacy at the battle.  The speech is rated as the greatest speech in American history.  The text:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 

NOTE: Ignorance from the usual trolls will be deleted. 

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