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19 Nov 1863: Abraham Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

Today marks the 149th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.  The Civil War affected the entire nation—even the folks Out West.  Here is an image of Lincoln’s speech, followed by the transcription, as found on www.ourdocuments.gov:

Gettysburg Address page 1  http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc_large_image.php?doc=36
Gettysburg Address page 2
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=36

Transcript of Gettysburg Address (1863)

Executive Mansion,

Washington, , 186 .

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 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 died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. 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 hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, to stand here, we here be dedica-ted 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 these dead shall not have died in vain; that the 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.

Abraham Lincoln, Draft of the Gettysburg Address: Nicolay Copy. Transcribed and annotated by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. Available at Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (Washington, D.C.: American Memory Project, [2000-02])  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html

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I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

2 thoughts on “19 Nov 1863: Abraham Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

  1. How perfect for me to receive this as we have a DAR meeting today and I now have the perfect way to startthe meeting. Not exactly Revolutionary War material, but Still one of the most moving speeches made by a president. Thanks, Nancy

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