Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’

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Fourscore and a good number of years ago in early July of 1863, the Confederate Army led by General Robert E. Lee had pushed their way into the state of Pennsylvania to a town known as Gettysburg.  They entered into the North in hopes of winning the American Civil War, but the tide turned.  The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war, and the Confederate Army was forced to retreat back to the South and, years later, to their surrender.

On November 19, 1893, President Abraham Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg to dedicate the National Cemetery.  It was at this very ceremony where he gave his famous speech known as ‘The Gettysburg Address’.  It is considered to be one of the greatest speeches in history.  Although it mentions about what happened in Gettysburg months earlier, there is a story behind the speech on how it was delivered.


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