Civil War and Reconstruction
Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address (1863)
About This Text
Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address on November 19th, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Five-months earlier Gettysburg hosted the largest engagement of the Civil War, with both sides suffering a combined 51,000 casualties over the course of the three-day battle. Lincoln honored the soldiers who fought for a nation “conceived in liberty” and equality and called for Americans to commit themselves to “a new birth of freedom” to preserve the American experiment in self-government.
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Composed: 1863 CE