May 2021

                      GETTYSBURG NATIONAL CEMETERY
 

                                                                        SOLDIER'S MONUMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

                                                                           Gettysburg Address

 

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. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate---we can not consecrate---we can not hallow---this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us---that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion---that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain---that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom---and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

                                                    November 19, 1863 ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
                                                           Union soldiers dead at Gettysburg.
                                                     Photographed by Timothy H. O'Sullivan,
                                                                      July 5–6, 1863.

The only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg, compliments of the US Library of Congress The Lincoln Memorial, on the extended axis of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is a United  States Presidential Memorial built for United States President Abraham Lincoln. The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple, and contains a large seated sculpture of Lincoln and scriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln. The Lincoln Monument Association was incorporated by the United States Congress in March 1867 to build a memorial to Lincoln. Little progress was made until the site was chosen in 1901, in an area that was swampland. Congress formally authorized the memorial on February 9, 1911, and the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was not put into place until Lincoln's birthday, February 12, 1914.
Soldiers National Monument at the center of Gettysburg National Cemetery.
Photo taken by Henryhartley on July 4, 2003.16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln. February 5, 1865 or April 10, 1865 one of the last photographs of Lincoln.  Photo by Paul French

The Gettysburg National Cemetery was dedicated by President Abraham Lincoln a brief four months after the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). Lincoln's speech lasted only two to three minutes, but it went into history as the immortal Gettysburg Address.Delivered at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
on November 19, 1863.