Gettysburg Address Anniversary

Almost a century-and-a-half ago, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that led him to remark: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.”

The date was Nov. 19, 1863 — more than four months after the Civil War battle of Gettysburg claimed 46,000 casualties. At a ceremony to dedicate the battlefield, Lincoln spoke for only two minutes, but his words live on today:

“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 …”

Click here to see images of Lincoln’s speech drafts and the only known photo of Lincoln at the event.


  1. Read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, then read Lincoln’s address.

    If identical acts and orders were prosecuted as war crimes by the Germans after 1945, why do the exact same actions and orders by Lincoln make him “a great president”?

    Learn history accurately…not only the history as written by the victors.

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