Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Simon Corley

The Gettysburg address is one of the most famous speeches ever. And is also one of the most important speeches ever. The speech was given on November 19th, 1863. It is important because it marked the onetime battlefield was now the dedication site for the nearly 51,000 people that lost their lives, or went missing during this three day war between the North and the South. The Gettysburg address was given by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19th, 1863. It declared that the site of the battle of Gettysburg was now going to be recognized as a national park in remembrance of all the people that lost their lives, went missing, or couldn’t be identified. President Lincoln thought that the Battle of Gettysburg, even though it was one of the bloodiest battles, was the start of a purification process for the United States. The speech reflected his refined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. The Gettysburg Address was also important because it marked the beginning of the end of the Civil War. The battle of Gettysburg was the last time that the Southern Confederacy invaded and fought in the Northern Union. But the other main reason that the Gettysburg address is important is because without the dedication and speech many American then, especially American in these day and ages, would have forgotten about the battle of Gettysburg and all the people that lost their lives defending what they thought was right. Simon Corley Fisher High School Fisher, IL