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The Gettysburg Address

On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln
delivered the Gettysburg Address.

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to speak at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery. It was here that the great Civil War battle of Gettysburg had taken place earlier that year between July 1 and July 3 in which more 51,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were either killed, wounded, or missing in action.

Below is a printed version of the speech and below that is a copy of the speech purportedly written by Lincoln while he was on the train enroute to the ceremony.

 

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon 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 battle field of that war; we are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting place of 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 to 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 that they have thus far so nobly carried on.

It is rather for us here to be 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 the dead shall not have died in vain. That the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom, and that the government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 

Gettysburg Address (1863)

Gettysburg Address (1863)

 

Although only two minutes long, President Lincoln's speech, known as the Gettysburg Address, is one of the most famous speeches in American history.

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