Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Zach Griffith

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground.” The Gettysburg address was the single most important and courageous speeches of all time. Abraham Lincoln dedicated this speech on the battlegrounds of Gettysburg reminding the Union why they had to fight and win the war. More than 45,000 people were killed or injured during arguably the bloodiest battle in American History. Abraham Lincoln’s moving speech was only 272 words long but brilliantly encouraged the Union to keep striving during the Civil War. Lincoln stated, “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” This quote shows how Lincoln isn’t biased to the Union Army as he also dedicates this speech the wounded or killed soldiers from the Confederacy. Lincoln is dedicated and determined to give the United States a new birth of freedom under his power and join as one country. Lincoln had very little time to organize his speech, but it was perfectly put together to comfort the people and motivate them to finish the war. Abraham Lincoln titled it as the “little speech” but it was the exact opposite of that, I would title it as the “great speech”. At this time period, tons of people had lost hope and were on the edge of giving up until Lincoln gave them inspiration with his 272 words. Although it was one of the shortest speeches in American History, it will go down as one of the greatest. I believe no one will forget his 272 words. Zach Griffith Fisher Jr. Sr. High School Fisher, IL