Today marks the 147th anniversary of when Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. About four and a half months earlier during the bloody Battle of Gettysburg, the Union troops defeated the Southern forces with a death toll exceeding 50,000. For the history buffs out there, can you recite the Gettysburg Address? Read more to see how much you knew…
Although Abraham Lincoln recited the now famous Gettysburg Address, he never thought it would go down in history and said, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,” but went on to speak the truth, “but it can never forget what they did here.”
Here is the moving Gettysburg Address that Abraham Lincoln delivered November 19, 1863:
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 battlefield 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.
Many historians according to history.com feel the Gettysburg Address is “the most eloquent articulation of the democratic vision ever written.” After one read, it’s easy to see why.