Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Happy Anniversary

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. 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. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that 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.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


  1. Good words, albeit from a less-than-wonderful leader. He, more than any other President, is responsible for the consolidation of central authority by the Federal government, and the diminution of the States' rights. It remains a point of contention whether the "beat them into submission & remain whole" school of thought was better than "let them leave peaceably, and be welcomed as trade partners, friends, and allies."

  2. Yep. The Good Rev. Paul said it!


  3. Need to take a trip to Gettysburg again. Been once...its still a sobering memory.

  4. @Rev & gfa - While that can and it should be kept in mind, today is still a big deal in history, particularly in a small town in Pennsylvania. And the guy who ran a campaign on Lincoln couldn't be bothered to help them celebrate it, despite an uncrowded schedule.

    @RabidAlien - My grandmother remembered sitting on her uncle's knees and listening to them tell stories about fighting there as members of a West Virginia infantry unit. She was thrilled when my parents took her there - she recognized so many of the names from the stories they had told her. I find it amazing that she knew them and I knew her.