Skip to comments.Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks" at Gettysburg( 146 yr. anniversary )
Posted on 07/03/2009 5:20:31 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
Today is the 146th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Gettysburg. A few months later, as the National Cemetery there was being organized, an invitation was extended to President Lincoln to give "a few appropriate remarks" for the dedication in November, 1863. Lincoln would not be the main speaker, that honor would go to Edward Everett, one of the foremost orators of the day. Everett spoke for almost two hours and, for the most part, his remarks are lost to the ages. Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks" however, are some of the most familiar wods in American History. To commemorate this anniversary, here are Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks".(photo of Lincoln from
“Fourscore 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 cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot 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.”
Good article. BTTT
The surrender of Vicksburg also happen on the same day, some consider it to be a more of an important victory then Gettysburg.
YUP; Great call !!!
Thank you for the post. Nothing could be more appropriate.
Any chance of eliminating some of those keywords? It looks like some anti-Americans decided they didn’t like the thread.
My six-year old little boy (who is quite amazing) got up on a stage last year for one of our homeschool project events, dressed as President Abraham Lincoln (including black suit and top hat), and recited from memory, word for word, the entire Gettysburg Address. He received a standing ovation to many cheers in the crowd. But the most remarkable thing was not that I taught him that speech one sentence at a time (there are only 11 sentences, but they’re pretty intense with vocabulary), but that he was getting “speech therapy” at the time through our local country education department for a “speech impediment”.
So much for the “experts” (including the pediatrician )telling me my little boy was hard to understand, and couldn’t finish a sentence without stuttering.
If a six year old homeschooled little boy can recite from memory this amazing, historical speech (with a little help from Mommy), how much talent and accomplishment is being wasted on today’s publicly educated “youths” who never have anyone believe they can do much of anything?
Enough from my adoptive homeschooling mother soapbox.
Sounds like you have a fine son there. Congratulations and kudos for your parenting skills.
I have also committed the Gettysburg Address to memory. And I am considerably older than six years old. It is one of the most profound speeches uttered by man. IMHO.
How in the world did Lincoln do that without a teleprompter? Go figure!!!!!!!
I added a few of my own to counter them.
Ask the admin.