Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Rachel Hill

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most important speeches written by a president. Even though the address was short, it had a lot of information in it. When Abe wrote the address he knew it was going to be important this is why it took him awhile to write it. Abe also knew that the address would end up in newspapers everywhere. The address spread around easily because everyone was upset with the 45,000 men that were dead, injured, captured and put into concentration camps, or missing and they wanted to hear how the president planned on getting peace. With 45,000 men hurt, the Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Although the Confederacy didn’t consider themselves part of the Union, Abe did. He didn’t want all those people to die; he just wanted a peaceful country. Lincoln states, “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…” Abe believed that they were doing the right thing because he wanted peace so he told everyone to keep up their struggles. This is Abe promoting democracy and the Union, but he didn’t speak badly about the Confederacy. Lincoln states, “…a new nation: conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” When Lincoln said “conceived in liberty” he’s talking about democracy. Then when Lincoln said “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” he was referring to the Declaration of Independence which goes back to the fact that they were doing the right thing. These are all important reasons as to why the Gettysburg Address is so important. Rachel Hill Fisher High School Fisher, IL