Here’s a nice piece on the Gettysburg Address.
One hundred and fifty years ago this week, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief speech at the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Four and a half months earlier, the Union Army had defeated Confederate forces at the Battle of Gettysburg. This battle, between about 90,000 Union troops and 75,000 Southern troops, has been called the greatest engagement ever fought on Unites States soil. The battle resulted in more than 45,000 total casualties (people killed, wounded, captured, or missing), exceeding the number of casualties in all previous American wars put together.
When Lincoln spoke at the dedication, he tried to give meaning to the sacrifices of those who died at Gettysburg, while also defining for the people of the North the purpose for fighting the Civil War.
“We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a…
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