November 19, 1863: Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address
150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Considered one of the most memorable speeches in American history, the 272-word address reflected Lincoln’s redefined conviction that the Civil War was a fight not only to maintain the Union but also emphasize the struggle for liberty and equality for all.
The Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in the Civil War as the bloodiest battle and the South’s defeat under General Robert E. Lee, leading to the Confederate army’s ultimate decline.
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with Ken Burns’ “The Address” site to discover a national campaign that encourages every American to learn, recite, and record the address.
Photo: Lincoln’s address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, November 19, 1863 (Library of Congress).