It was a Thursday afternoon on this day, November 19, 1863 – 147 years ago – when Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. The President gave this speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania because it was the location of the decisive battle between that Confederacy and the Union which branded the Union the winner of the Civil War.
One of my favorite historical quotes is from this address:
“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.”
By saying this, President Lincoln honored the Union’s fallen soldiers and demonstrated that their death was not in vain. For more information about the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, or the Gettysburg Address, please stop by and visit us at your Jacinto City Library.