Picture of the Day: November 19

6/12/2006 • Abraham Lincoln, Civil War 1863, Picture of the Day, The Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address President Abraham Lincoln was asked to deliver a few ‘appropriate remarks’ to the crowd at the dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. Lincoln’s address was almost ignored in the wake of the lengthy oration by main speaker Edwin Everett. In fact, Lincoln’s speech was over before many in the crowd were even aware that he was speaking. But Lincoln’s eloquent words of redemption and sacrifice remain among the most revered in American history. He concluded his speech with this vow: ‘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.’

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