The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln Statue in Gettysburg Square

Today is the 160th anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg Address at the national cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


Gettysburg Address

Delivered at Gettysburg, Pa.

Nov. 19th 1863.

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.

4 Responses to The Gettysburg Address

  1. Thank God he finally hired Grant. If he hadn’t, all the Cooper Union/ Gettysburg Address speeches would probably be forgotten.

  2. I’ve read that, after Lincoln’s two-minute address, the featured orator Edward Everett said, “Mr. President, you said more in two minutes than I said in four hours.” Yet, Lincoln later told a friend, “That speech won’t scour.”

    It has taken years for history to honor the promise and the challenge he presented to the nation. Sadly, in today’s political climate we are in danger of losing that legacy.

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