Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Gabe Sapp

The Gettysburg Address-- The Gettysburg Address was such an integral speech, because President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the best speeches in history. Abraham educated and passionately reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the single bloodiest battles of the Civil War, just over three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. This battle also was the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee’s defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory, and the beginning of the Southern army’s ultimate decline. At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Abraham spoke. Abraham’s address only lasted two or three minutes. It didn’t need to be any longer because Abraham was straight to the point and knew what he was going to say. Reception of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was initially mixed and divided along strictly partisan lines. The “little speech” as Lincoln called it, is thought by a lot of people today to be one of the most eloquent speeches of the democratic vision ever written. Lincoln’s speech was not one sided, he was Union centered when he was giving this speech. Abraham did not speak for long, only three minutes at the maximum. He had two weeks to write this speech, although it was not long, Lincoln said quite a lot. Abraham Lincoln says in this Address, that “now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” Gabe Sapp Fisher High School Fisher, IL