Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Hayley Diorio

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” These are some of the greatest words that have ever been spoken in American history. Our sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. Lincoln was our president during one of the hardest times in American history. Lincoln led the Union troops against the Confederate troops during the Civil War. It was known for the greatest moral upset in American history. One of the greatest speeches in American history was the Gettysburg Address written by Lincoln. It was only two minutes long and 272 words but they were some of the most influential words that have ever been spoken in the United States. Lincoln speech was a last minute thing, his speech followed Edward Evertt’s speech. Evertt’s speech was two hours long, we hardly remember it because Lincoln’s speech was so inspirational. It’s what started to dig us out of the Civil War. Lincoln’s speech was dedicating the Gettysburg Cemetery for the 7000 of the 45000 that were dead. The rest of them were either burned or buried in a mass grave. They say that Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle in American history, and the worst thing that’s ever happened to the United States, even worse than 9/11. The War was started over slavery. The South wanted slavers but the North didn’t. Abraham Lincoln was against slavery. He was on the North’s side. Over all I think Lincoln was one of our nation’s best heroes ever that has ever lived. Hayley Diorio Fisher High School Fisher IL