This Day in History: The Gettysburg Address

 As you know, I am a history nut, so I just had to commemorate today. 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln gave this short speech (ten sentences) as part of the dedication service of the Gettysburg Cemetery. His speech followed that of the main speaker that day, Edward Everett, whom had spoken for 2 hours. While Edward Everett’s speech has long since been forgotten, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the best known speeches in American history.

“Fourscore 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 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.” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Author: Micaela

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me. ~Galatians 2:20~

4 thoughts on “This Day in History: The Gettysburg Address”

    1. You’re very welcome! 😉
      And for the record, it took me up until just a couple years ago to remember the date and keep it straight. Now it’s easy, because I have a friend whose birthday is Nov. 19th. { He shares a birthday with the Gettysburg address–how cool is that?! }
      😉 🙂

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  1. I loved this reminder, Micaela. Thank you for posting it! Like Anna, I also forgot, which is a miracle since my husband is a history nut as well and usually doesn’t last the day without testing my history-date-knowledge. 🙂 I will make sure he knows that you beat him to it!

    I do love Mr. Lincoln. The museum in Springfield, IL brings me to tears.

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