Esteemed thinker: Abraham Lincoln

gettysburg 150 years ago beginning July 1 to July 3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg took place in Adams County, Pennsylvania. For three hot and treacherous days this most famous and most important Civil War Battle occurred; and although it started out as a skirmish, its fierce battles ended with 160,000 Americans involved and nearly one-third of the forces engaged resulted in casualties. Noted as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, it was also the force behind the immortal speech of President Lincoln.

On Nov. 19th, 1863 President Lincoln went to the battlefield to dedicate its “hollow ground” as a military cemetery, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, whereupon he delivered his monumental Gettysburg Address. This brief speech of only 272 words still rings as loudly and as eloquently today; for the vision he saw for America, his vision of a new birth of freedom continues to resonate… and the famous phrase ”government of the people, by the people, for the people” demonstrates his democratic principles. His challenge to the American people a century and a half ago continues to be an inspiration; holding true “that all men are created equal”, wherever they may reside.

So in remembrance of this somber occasion I introduce or reintroduce to you to the timeless words of the 16th president of the United States, my hero, the esteemed thinker: Abraham Lincoln. I wish that my blog gives you a moment’s pause, to reawaken your memory with these most famous words. Here is President Lincoln….

Dedication gettysburg Gettysburg, Pa. November 1863. Dedication of Gettysburg battlefield

[1] Fourscore 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.

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4 thoughts on “Esteemed thinker: Abraham Lincoln

  1. Pingback: 150th anniversary of the three day July 1,2,3 Battle of Gettysburg, PA | Bill Clarke

  2. I have read and studied the life of Abraham Lincoln for years. Through my readings I not only saw the man but country as a whole during that time. It has saddened me to see where America is at present time. I wonder what he would think about what is happening today?

    • Archecotech, thank you for your comments and for reading my posts!
      There is a poem written about Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks that is most touching. When I read your post I thought of it … written by Rosemary Benét it is titled “Nancy Hanks” (originally published in Stephen Vincent Benét’s A Book of Americans) It starts out like this…
      If Nancy Hanks
      Came back as a ghost,
      Seeking news
      Of what she loved most,
      She’d ask first
      “Where’s my son?
      What’s happened to Abe?
      What’s he done?” (etc.)
      I remember reading this poem as a child and has haunted me ever since…

      • You are welcome. I enjoy your blog. It seems that hitting like is the most common thing to do without really learning about what someone is blogging about. It makes me concerned for America, Facebook and the rest of it seem to me like the dumbing down of what was once a great country.
        I’ve never heard of this poem. Thanks for sharing. Will be back to read more in the future. Thanks

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