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By: ofieldstream , 1:58 AM GMT on November 20, 2007
On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered what is refered to as the most important speech of his entire career. It is certainly one of the most quoted, celebrated - and used to be memorized! - speeches, in U.S. history; over the past 144 years since it was delivered.
From within the confines of the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA, the exact location remains disputed, Mr. Lincoln delivered his famous speech on this day in 1863.
The Battle of Gettysburg had raged only a short four months before. So great was the death and carnage, that the actual internment of bodies was but half complete at the time of Mr. Lincoln's delivery.
This battle, which cost the lives of over 7,500 Americans, soldiers from both Union and Confederate camps, as well as thousands of horses, was the battle that defined a major turning point in the U.S. Civil War. And in no small way the 10 sentences and 272 words of Mr. Lincoln's address, defined the future and destiny of this our beloved country, The United States of America.
Here are those 10 sentences and 272 words. I suggest we read them ... between now and the Thanksgiving Holiday, as a way of preparing for, a deeper, richer and meaningful, celebration of a Thanksgiving Day.
The Gettysburg Address
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 battle-field 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.
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