Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Fiona Grice

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most important speeches, because it gave Abraham Lincoln’s input on the Civil War. Another thing the Gettysburg Address did was also give his thoughts about ending slavery. The real purpose of the Gettysburg Address was just to end the War, but it opened the eyes of the South and it made them think of rights for African Americans. Lincoln says that it is one of his worst speeches but it did a lot and it was only 272 words. He made it as a memorial to all the people that died in the Civil War but it turned out to be much more. When Lincoln made his speech he was sitting. In the Gettysburg Address Lincoln said, “…dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Lincoln said this so that the North and South would stop the war and battles because so many people got killed. Those people that were fighting didn’t fight for slavery they fought because the south invaded the North and they didn’t like that so they started the fight of Gettysburg. By the end of the war more than 186,000 black soldiers had joined the Union army battle: 93,000 from the Confederate states, 40,000 from the border slave states, and 53,000 from the Free States. When Lincoln said his speech he made it so no one really got offended he made the North sound good. The last words of his speech were “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. ”This shows he cared for what the people think. Fiona Grice Fisher Jr Sr High School Fisher IL