The Gettysburg Address was a speech by Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted speeches in United States history. It was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery for the Union Soldiers in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of November 19, 1863, four and a half months after the decisive Battle of Gettysburg.
Abraham Lincoln's carefully crafted address, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality described by the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as "a new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, and that would also create a unified nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant.
Even though it was a major event attended by over 15000 people, only a few photographers were on hand and none captured the image Lincoln delivering the speech. One photographer did try it, but it took him so long to set up the camera, the speech was ending as he finally took the picture of Lincoln as he was sitting down as shown in the picture "Lincoln Delievering Address". He just blew a chance to capture the one of the greatest speech in the American History.