Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Gloria Winters

One of the most influential speeches to be delivered was spoken by none other than one of the most influential presidents of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was a very respectable man. He was thoughtful and open-minded, but never compromised his moral and fundamental beliefs. His ability to communicate his goals and visions are undeniable. The Confederates, before The Gettysburg Address, had the upper hand in the war and the Union was losing all hope. The Battle of Gettysburg was overwhelmingly brutal and both sides had suffered great loses. These courageous men were fighting for their country because they knew what our Found Fathers sacrificed in order to create a nation of liberty, and Lincoln understood that. He believed that despite all of this, we are responsible to stand up and carry on the task these men had died for. We are now accountable, as Americans, to ensure that this government shall not wither and die, along with the thousands who gave up their lives. Abraham Lincoln addressed the Civil War as not only a difficult struggle for the Union, but also for human equality. Slavery had created a divide between the nation, and Lincoln was determined to see it abolished. Because of his legacy, we can now live in a nation where slavery is no longer practiced. After Lincoln’s assassination, Senator Charles Sumner said, “In the modesty of his nature he said ‘the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; but it can never forget what they did here.” He was mistaken. The world at once noted what he said, and will never cease to remember it.” Gloria Winters