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 …”