THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address 11/19/1863

Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address 11/19/1863

Today, November 19, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Ever since Lincoln wrote it in 1864, this version has been the most often reproduced,  notably on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. It is named after Colonel  Alexander Bliss, stepson of historian George Bancroft. Bancroft asked President  Lincoln for a copy to use as a fundraiser for soldiers (see “Bancroft Copy” below).  However, because Lincoln wrote on both sides of the paper, the speech could  not be reprinted, so Lincoln made another copy at Bliss’s request. It is the last  known copy written by Lincoln and the only one signed and dated by him. Today it  is on display at the Lincoln Room of the White House.

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.

Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

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2 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Jersey Girl Today and commented:

    Absolutely disgusting that the current American President has decided to by-pass any acknowledgement of such a defining moment in our history, especially ~ because its one of the contributing reasons that a black man was eventually elected as an American President. This American, this Veteran, this Jersey Girl is disgusted with Obama & I sincerely hope I am not alone in my opinion! ~dfh~

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  2. As we remember not only our own veterans but the history of all who serve, we pay tribute to the monumental contribution provided by their commitment and sacrifice on our behalf. Their sense of duty continues to safeguard our present and sustain our future.

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