Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg Address

Thursday, Nov. 19th 1863 at 5pm

Evergreen Cemetery

Gettysburg, PA

On this day, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech to honor all the union soldiers who died during the civil war. Let the people know they tried their best to finish their mission.

Abraham Lincoln was not...

the intentional speaker for the Gettysburg memorial, in fact it was Edward Everett who gave a 2 hour long speech. Abraham Lincoln 2-minute speech became the most famous speech he ever gave.

Gettysburg Address

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it 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 can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."


Abraham Lincoln wrote this speech to honor all the union soldiers who died in each battle and say how they left the world trying to complete a mission.

Facts about the Gettysburg Address

  • Abraham Lincoln wrote every word of his speech (of course)
  • His speech was 10 sentences long
  • There is only one know picture of President Lincoln at the ceremony
  • Doesn't really talk about the war
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