Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Kelsey Steenbergen

Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address that became one of the most popular speeches ever written. The battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln thought that his speech was a horrible one. It was short and to the point. Lincoln reminded the war weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War. More than 45,000 people were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but struggles for freedom and equality for all people. Before Lincoln’s short speech there was a guy named Edward Everett who was the first speaker whose speech went on for hours. After Everett’s speech Lincoln was up for his speech that only took 2 to 3 minutes and it was done. Not everyone got to hear Lincoln’s speech because they were to busy talking about what Everett’s speech said. What has happened in this war is basely a birth of a new freedom or a birth of new beginning for a lot of people. As said in the end of Lincolns speech “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Meaning everyone should choose for themselves. From this day on Abraham Lincoln who read the Gettysburg Address, the battle of Gettysburg, and all the people who fought in the war will be remembered for what they did. Kelsey Steenbergen Fisher High School Fisher IL