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November 19, 1863

President Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

On this day in 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address dedicating a national cemetery at the Civil War Battlefield in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.

Many Americans consider the Gettysburg Address one of the greatest speeches ever given, however, at the time feeling were mixed. Even Lincoln himself, as he was stepping down from the podium said "That speech won't scour. It is a flat failure.". Many newspapers at the time had other unflattering comments.

It is interesting that in the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln states "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here..." yet most Americans are more familiar with what Lincoln said than they are with how the Battle of Gettysburg contributed to the ultimate victory of the Union.