Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Emily Seever

In just 272 words that were delivered in 2 minutes, the entire fate of America was changed. When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, no one could ever imagine the impact that it would have. In just 272 words, Lincoln changed the fate of the entire Civil War. With the North losing hope, the hope of a free America was looking bleak. It didn’t take an elaborate speech, full of complex words and political statements, to make the war worth fighting. All it took was the few words of Abraham Lincoln. The power of those words turned the war around on November 19, 1863. They reminded the soldiers of the North of why the war was worth fighting. The Gettysburg Address reminded the American people of how their country was formed, and of the rights that they wanted the future citizens of America to have. Before Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, Edward Everett spoke for nearly two hours. His speech was supposed to be the Gettysburg Address, not Lincoln’s. This shows that you don’t have to say a lot, but your words have to have meaning. “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” This is the beginning of the speech that turned the nation around. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address lifted the spirits of the Union soldiers, giving them the hope to continue fighting for the freedom of their country. If not for the Gettysburg Address, America might not have the one thing that it prides the most: Freedom for all.