Lincoln at Gettysburg

    The Gettysburg Address


    n November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremonies of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After the Battle of Gettysburg from July 1-4, 1863, the citizens of the town in Pennsylvania were over-burdened with the task of caring for the injured and burying the dead. With nearly 6,000 dead bodies left behind by the Union and Confederate armies, and more dying every day, the state of Pennsylvania purchased land on Cemetery Hill for a burial ground. The day of the dedication ceremony, Lincoln's address lasted a little over two minutes, but soon became a historical piece of American rhetoric. This speech was not a hastily constructed grouping of words, but a thoughtful reflection of Lincoln's thinking throughout the war. Today, only five copies of the speech exist, each with the immortal words written by Lincoln himself, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

    Other: Date Given
    19 Nov 1863
    Other: Length
    2 1/2 minutes
    Other: Total number buried in Soldiers' National Cemetery
    Other: Place
    Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    Other: Audience
    Estimated at 15,000
    Other: Soldiers' National Monument dedicated
    1 Jul 1869
    Other: Cemetery becomes property of U.S. Government
    1 May 1872
    Other: George Bancroft requests a copy of the speech
    Apr 1864
    Other: Governor Andrew Curtin visits the battlefield
    Jul 1863
    Other: Cemetery accepted as complete by Pennsylvania
    Mar 1864
    Other: Governor appoints David Wills to care for the dead
    Jul 1863
    Other: David Wills purchases 17 acres of Cemetery Hill
    Aug 1863
    Other: Dedication ceremonies, Lincoln gives address
    19 Nov 1863
    Other: Battle of Gettysburg
    July 1-4, 1863

    1 Source·1 other

    Given By
    President Abraham Lincoln

    1 Source·1 other

    Owner: Clio Anyone can contribute

    Created: 16 Sep 2009

    Modified: 28 Mar 2014

    View Count: 3,101 (Recent: 1)

    Fold3, The Gettysburg Address ( : accessed January 30, 2023), database and images,

    Looking for more information on The Gettysburg Address?
    Find more records