Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Alexandra Rogers

“Four score and seven years ago…” These six words are some of the most famous words known to man. These words were the beginning of one of the most famous speeches in history, the Gettysburg address. The words following these six words inspired our Union’s army to not go into the war with fear, but with bravery and confidence. Abraham Lincoln was a legendary man who made a legendary impact on our country, the United States. He was all about freedom, democracy, and equality. Without him, we would not be the country we are today, with all of the freedoms that our nation and the people of this country have the right to obtain. Lincoln presented his 272 words with humility, sorrow, and sympathy for all of the soldiers who had previously sacrificed their lives along with those who were willing to sacrifice their life for the good of the country. He was a remarkably humble man, which earned him much respect from many. You might have heard of him referred to as “Honest Abe.” This is because he truly did display that characteristic. He did not bash on the Confederacy in his 272-word speech, but he instead inspired the Union to fight for the prosperity of America. Never once did Lincoln bash on the Confederacy. The battle of Gettysburg was arguably the most gruesome battle in history. It was statistically the bloodiest battle of the Civil War at least. Abraham Lincoln does a phenomenal job of reminding the United States as to why they were fighting. His speech was the true meaning of quality over quantity.