Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Grant Pointer

In early November 1863 a cemetery was bought and was dedicated to the brave soldiers who died at the battle of Gettysburg in early July. As an almost after thought, the committee invited Abraham Lincoln the president of the United States to speak second at the important speech. The committee underestimated Lincoln. Lincoln gave his speech in just two minutes and was only 272 words that changed the nation Lincoln took this roll because he knew that all the northern politics were going to be there and Lincoln wanted to be re-elected as president. Speeches were to be given and emotions felt, the first speaker was Edward Everett. Edward Everett was one of the best noted orators in that era. Everett was a very good orator of that time and spoke at many special occasions. The night before the speech Lincoln stayed at a political friend’s house in Gettysburg. On November 19, 1863 the speech began and Edward Everett got up to the podium and talked for around two hours on the battle of Gettysburg. After he finished he sat down and everyone clapped for him. Then Lincoln got up and just started giving his speech, people were in the crowd still talking about Edwards’s speech and most of the people didn’t even listen to what Lincoln said. Lincoln stood up there for just over two minutes and gave his speech. A day after the speech Everett sent Lincoln a note saying, “I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes. Grant Pointer Fisher High School Fisher, IL