Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Connor Zook

7 score and 10 years ago a great president brought forth an inspirational speech, unnoticed at the time, but now it is recognized as one of the greatest speeches of all time. Abraham Lincoln did the impossible summing up the preceding speaker Edward Everett, in just over two minutes. Everett’s speech took two hours and was 13,607 words. Lincoln used the principles found in the Declaration of Independence, ironically another short document, and related them to the Civil War. Lincoln was not expecting his journey to Gettysburg to get much attention; he thought that none of what he said would be remembered today. “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” Now these words along with the rest of his speech are written in our history. The words will never be forgotten and will be remember by people in this great country. Lincoln thought that day would go unnoticed, that he and his speech would go unnoticed in the present and the future. It was almost as if the speech was more important than the battle that was fought or it brought way more importance than predicted. The speech was used to commemorate the fallen, to remember what happened in Gettysburg, but there is more to his speech than just that. He gave meaning and power to words that people couldn’t even comprehend at the time. In a short time and with a limited amount of words, he gave one of the greatest speeches of all time. Lincoln is now considered to be one of the greatest presidential orators. Connor Zook Fisher High School Fisher, Il