Thursday, November 19, 2020

Anniversary of One of The Great Presidential Speeches

Hat Tip [from when this was first published, two years ago]:  Salena Zito, who, in her great article in the Washington Examiner, "Lincoln's Address Was Forgotten Once-But Never Again", informed me that today, Monday November 19 is the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's brilliant Gettysburg Address.

Abraham Lincoln [Feb. 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865]

On November 19, 1863 [during the Civil War], at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA, President Abraham Lincoln gave what would be known as the Gettysburg Address.

This from Address:  "In November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln was invited to deliver remarks, which later became known as the Gettysburg Address, at the official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, on the site of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War. Though he was not the featured orator that day, Lincoln’s 273-word address would be remembered as one of the most important speeches in American history. In it, he invoked the principles of human equality contained in the Declaration of Independence and connected the sacrifices of the Civil War with the desire for “a new birth of freedom,” as well as the all-important preservation of the Union created in 1776 and its ideal of self-government."

This photo of Gettysburg [National Cemetery] is courtesy of TripAdvisor

It was exactly 157 years ago when President Lincoln gave one of the greatest presidential speeches ever given.  This poetic rhetoric surely must have been God inspired.

President Lincoln's preparation of the Gettysburg Address
Here is that address:

Gettysburg Address, Soldiers National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA 

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

No comments: