The Gettysburg Address One of the Greatest Speeches Ever Given
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The Gettysburg Address One of the Greatest Speeches Ever Given

The Gettysburg address was one of the greatest speeches in history. The Gettysburg address regarding equality and freedom.

The Gettysburg Address was given by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 at a dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA after the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. It is considered to be one of the most famous speeches in American history and only lasted about 2 minutes. There is some controversy as to the exact wording but reporters that were present have said that this is the context of the speech.

“Four score and seven years ago our Father’s 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 here who have gave their lives that that nation might live. It is all together fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hollow 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 have 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 were 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.”

The Battle of Gettysburg happened between July 1-July 3, 1863 and was fought between General Meade on the Union side with 85,000 soldiers and General Lee on the Confederate side with 75,000. This battle was the turning point of the civil war with the defeat of the Confederate soldiers sending Lee back to Virginia licking his wounds. At the end of the battle the Union had 3,155 dead, 14,529 wounded and 5,365 missing. On the confederate side there were 2,500 dead, 13,000 wounded and 5,500 missing. This battle served to stop further invasions from the Confederate Army.

This great speech by President Lincoln says in 2 short minutes that we as a nation will fight, and possibly die so that all people shall be free and equal. It says so eloquently that we as nation must stand as one to fight for the rights of every individual, no matter the cost, even at the expense of our lives to obtain these rights and freedoms.

 

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