Gettysburg Address

"Four Score and Seven Years Ago..."

Gettysburg Address:

A speech delivered on November 19, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, a dedication of Soldier's National Cemetery , a cemetery for Union soldiers killed at the battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War

The Significance of Gettysburg Address

  • Lincoln's 273- word address is remembered as one of the most important speeches in American History.
  • He invoked the principles of human equality contained in the Declaration of Independance and connected the sacrifices of the Civil War with the desire for "A new birth of freedom".

Lincolns Preparation

  • When he received the invitation to make the remarks at Gettysburg, Lincoln saw an oppurtunity to make a broad statement to the American people on the enormous significance of the war, and he prepared carefully.
  • Through long running popular legend holds that he wrote the speech on the train travelling to Pennsylvania. He probably wrote about half of it before leaving the White House on November 18, and completed writing and revising it that night, after talking with Secretary of State William H. Seward, who had accompanied him to Gettysburg.


  • "The Gettysburg Address." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.