Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Tabitha Worstell

During the 1860’s the Gettysburg Address was the most important speech in history during the Civil War. However, some people think otherwise or don’t comprehend the true meaning of Abraham’s speech and believe it to be about the dead people who fought in the war. It is true that the Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle in American history, but the Gettysburg Address still held a greater purpose that everyone should know about. As the war raged on, Abraham Lincoln comes out in front of a group of people with a speech that consists of two or three minutes with only two hundred and seventy-two words exactly; no more and no less where as E. Everett’s speech took two hours. In Abraham’s speech he points out to the people that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the union but a struggle for freedom and equality for all. As he says this he’s not speaking for one side but for the North and the South, for the union to come together; to be preserved. Lincoln states; “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—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…” However Abraham’s speech was quite short for the most part, it was also a turning point of the war. That’s why this speech the Gettysburg Address is very important. Tabitha Worstell Fisher High School Fisher, IL