Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address


November 19, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the two minute speech of President Abraham Lincoln. The occasion was the dedication of part of the Gettysburg Battlefield as a National Cemetery.  The battle at Gettysburg had happened 4 months before in July 1863.   Mr. Edward Everett was the  featured speaker that day because he was the most polished and profound orator in the country.  He spoke for 2 hours, and by all accounts gave a thorough speech .  Then Mr. Lincoln rose to speak and did  so for a mere two minutes. He spoke to the heart of the matter to honor the fallen Union Soldiers, to preserve the union of the United States, and to redefine the purpose of the war.  Later Mr. Everett told Mr. Lincoln that he(Lincoln)  was able to say more in two minutes than he (Everett) did in two hours.

On YouTube you have access to a long film about the three day battle for Gettysburg fought in July 1863. It beautifully produced and acted, but  hours long.  In the film you get acquainted with generals and soldiers. The Civil War was the first war where newly invented  photography was available to record the soldiers and battles.

May the “shining city on  the hill” forever light the way with God’s grace and mercy.

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

  1. ramblingsofabipolarwoman says:
  2. AngieG9 says:

    Beautifully written Annet. I hadn’t realized today was the day of the Gettysburg Address, though my brother probably could have told me. I just finished reading a book by Jennifer Chiavineri called “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” that is about the Lincoln years, but mainly about Lizzie, the mantua maker, a real person apparently. A very interesting read by one of my favorite authors, who is going in a completely different direction from the Elm Creek Quilt books I first fell in love with.


  3. eavdailytips says:

    Well done Annet! TOP


  4. microjobs says:

    Hi There Annetbell,
    I know what you mean, Please be serious about answering this question.

    There were two main political parties in Lincoln’s time: the Democrats and the Republicans. Lincoln was a Republican. Why do you think the Chicago Times might not be a Republican newspaper?


    • annetbell says:

      During the Civil War , the Northen states were Republican and the south was Democrat. Today , Chicago as a city is a very Demorat city . And newspapers are supposed to be non- partisan but repot am news .


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