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Sounds of Sacrifice: November 19 – The Gettysburg Address November 19, 2008

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President Abraham Lincoln’s Address

At the Dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

November 19, 1863

 

On the afternoon of November 19, 1983, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In July of 1983, over 160,000 American soldiers fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. When the battle was over, 7,500 soldiers and thousands of horses were dead.

The residents of Gettysburg proceded to properly and respectfully bury the dead. Ultimately, Andrew Gregg Curtin, a wealthy local attorney, suggested to the Governor of Pennsylvania that a National Cemetary be created and funded by the states. He subsequently purchased 17 acres for a cemetary to honor the fallen soldiers of the Battle of Gettysburg.

President Lincoln’s Dedicatory Remarks, which was the sixth item on a program of eight, went as follows:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 here on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it 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 can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on.

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 here gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation 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.”

(Source: The Gettysburg Foundation; http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/)

 

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The Gettysburg Foundation

The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, nonprofit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.

http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/

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