Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Jeremy Smolek, Jr

No body probably heard President Lincoln give his speech, or probably didn’t even understood what he was saying because, in just 272 words, President Lincoln used one of the most brightest vocabularies just to remind the war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win the Civil War. That battle, also known as the Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battles in history because, it took 3 days to have 45,000 men killed, lost or injured. Once the battle was over, an attorney, named David Wills had purchased 17 acres just to make a cemetery for all the men who were killed. More than 7,500 men had died in battle. David had invited Edward Everitt to give a speech for a dedication to the men that died. Wills also invited President Lincoln to say a few words for the fallen. After Edward Everitt’s 2 hour speech, President Lincoln had given his speech called the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Address is kind of like a speech that a priest would give at funerals. President Lincoln talks about how all the people will most likely not remember what was said but will remember what has been done, “The world will little not, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did her”. The Gettysburg Address is considered by most people to be one of the most affecting speeches of the democratic vision ever written. Till this day, children are learning about it in school, or seeing photos of it in a museum. But till this day it is one of the most memorable speeches ever given yet. Jeremy Smolek Jr. Fisher Jr./Sr. High School Fisher, IL