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Tag: Gettysburg Address
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), generally considered the turning point of the American Civil War, has also the distinction of having the highest casualty count of the entire war (46,286 combined, approximately evenly split between Union and Confederate).
The Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg was originally planned for October 23rd, 1863, but delayed four weeks so that the featured speaker could properly prepare. On the afternoon of November 19th, 1863, with a crowd of about 15,000 (and perhaps as large as 50,000, by one estimate) in attendance at Evergreen Cemetery, including several dignitaries, the keynote address was delivered:
Standing beneath this serene sky, overlooking these broad fields now reposing from the labors of the waning year, the mighty Alleghenies dimly towering before us, the graves of our brethren beneath our feet, it is with hesitation that I raise my poor voice to break the eloquent silence of God and Nature. But the duty to which you have called me must be performed; -- grant me, I pray you, your indulgence and your sympathy. ...
Not the speech you remember? Yeah, thought so.
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By JGillman, Section News
150 years ago, our president, and the flag bearer of a rogue party, (founded "under the oaks" nearly 10 years earlier in Michigan) gave his most notable speech.
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