POTUS Abraham Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address- This Day 1863

On this day in 1863 POTUS Abraham Lincoln gave the most famous speech in American history, the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln gave the speech during the dedication of the military cemetery ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle of Gettysburg at taken place only a few months earlier on July 1st,2nd and 3rd, 1863. Lincoln was invited as an after thought. The main speaker at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery was a noted orator Edward Everett. Everett spoke for 2 hours. After he was done Lincoln would speak for 2 minutes. There is only one photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg. The photographer thought he would be speaking for a while so he didn’t focus on Lincoln, the photographer was in no hurry. Lincoln finished and the audience’s applause was delayed,scattered and barely polite. Lincoln sat down and said to his bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon “That won’t scour” The next day Edward Everett was quoted of saying ” “I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours, as you did in two minutes” Lincoln’s speech the speech that every student in school still learns to this day.


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 battle-field 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 can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not 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.