Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Dalton Spenard

When Abe Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address he had no idea the impact it would have on the county and the future of the country. But others thought differently and thought it was the most amazing speech they have heard. Lincoln stated, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” Lincoln was correct in that sentence. The people of the United States will remember that speech for the rest of their life, but Lincoln thought different. The Gettysburg Address was such an integral speech because; it was short and world changing. But Abe Lincoln himself said it was the worst speech he has given, and everybody that was there listing was amazed on how short and good it was because, Edward Everett spoke for a couple hours and then, Abe Lincoln started speaking and they thought it was going to be another long boring speech, but then Abe Lincoln told a short amazing speech. The Gettysburg Address is the most famous speech of all time. The battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest battles of all time. More than 45,000 men were dead, injured, or went missing. An Attorney named David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who were killed in battle. Abe Lincolns speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil war was not just a fight to save the Union also it was a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Abe Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. Dalton Spenard Fisher High School Fisher, IL