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Gettysburg Address On November 19, 1863, the National Military Cemetery in Gettyburg, Pennsylvania was officially dedicated. The Battle of Gettysburg lasted three days, from July 1 to 3, 1863. Some 150,000 men engaged in the Civil War's most important engagement--and some 50,000 of them became casualties. Edward Everett, a famed orator, was the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony five months later. He spoke for two hours. President Abraham Lincoln was invited--almost as an afterthought--to make a few appropriate remarks. He followed Everett and spoke for just two minutes. Lincoln's brief speech remains the most stirring in American history.
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Added: 27th November 2007
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Posted by: Sophia on 2007-11-27 
Believe it or not, even though this speech became so important in the history and culture of the United States, his exact wording has been disputed. There are five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address, and each differs in a number of details and also differ from contemporary newspaper reprints of the speech.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-27 
True, indeed. There's a book at the public library in my city that lists the variations that appeared in the newspapers of the day. Any of the five will do, as far as I'm concerned. the Gettysburg Address--whichever version you choose--is a masterful use of the English language.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2009-01-01 
Lincoln was the biggest fraud of the 19th century only to be paralled in modern times by George Bush.

He won his candicacy on the platform of continuing slavery and was exerting harowing taxes from the south. When they refused to pay he attacked them.

The first shot of the civil war at fort Sumpter had been provoked by Northern agression that Lincoln refusd to with draw.

At wars end the Southron leaders could not be prosecuted because there seccession from the north had not been illegal.

The war criminal Sherman who nearly ahnihilated the civilian south stated if the civil war had been about slavery he would have offered his sword to the other side.

The civil war was total illegal agression from the north which is why there is still animosity today.

Lincolns assasin knew what he was sayin when he called him a tyrant.

Deo vindice

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2013-11-20 
Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the speech. I didn't realize it was a milestone anniversary until I happened to channel surf to PBS. They were airing a documentary about it.
Posted by: Steve on 2013-11-20 
I saw that too Lava and thought that was only 150 years ago? It seems like it would have been longer in time. At the same time Thursday will make 50 years of the Kennedy Assassination which doesn't feel all that long ago!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2013-11-21 
I don't know why there's a photo of U.S. Grant in this clip. Grant was besieging Vicksburg at the same time the Battle of Gettysburg took place.
Posted by: Steve on 2014-11-19 
Today in history November 19, 1863
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-11-19 
Behold the power of words.
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