9 May 2011
“The Gettysburg Address”
Abraham Lincoln delivered the speech “The Gettysburg Address,” November 19,
1863. It was a dedicated speech toward the soldiers that fought and were killed in the
battle of Gettysburg that which was held during July 1863. While the war was still raged,
a military cemetery on the battlefield was dedicated. Lincoln was asked to make only “a
few appropriate remarks.” The 15,000 American citizens that attended the dedication
were lead by Lincoln through an emotional, final rite of passage.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln “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.” Lincoln felt very strongly about the speech he had given and wanted everyone
to hear him out. “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before
us-that from these honored dead we take increased 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.”
Lincoln believes that all should be to the military cemetery to support and praise
those who fought for all, which was by choice and not by force. “We have come to
dedicated a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their
lives that that nation might live,” Said Lincoln. He wanted everyone to no that he was
there in honor of all those who went out and fought. He was there to show the people that
all the hard work the soldiers did for home was very well respected and most importantly
the people were thankful. And even though the ones that didn’t make it to see the military
cemetery, he still had something to prove he honored them.
I think what Lincoln did was great. He put his heart and soul out there to show
people how much he appreciated what all the soldiers did for them. More then 51,000
soldiers were injured in the battle. Could you imagine how many were killed? November
19, 1863, while the war still raged, a military cemetery on the battlefield was dedicated.
Unsure of President Lincoln’s availability, the dedication organizers slated him as a
secondary speaker, asking him to make only “a few appropriate remarks.” At this speech
15,000 American citizens attended the dedication.
People looked at how many people they lost and noticed how big this dedication
really was. All those families out there that lost a loved one, all because they were out
there fighting for them to take up for there country.