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150 years later, the Gettysburg Address Remembered

19th November 2013

On this day in 1863, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. His Speech was delivered at the dedication of the National Cemetery, and followed a bloody battle that represented the beginning of the end for the Confederacy: Lincoln began:

“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.”


Coming this January!
Gettysburg Religion
Refinement, Diversity, and Race in the Antebellum and Civil War Border North

Steve Longenecker

In the borderland between freedom and slavery, Gettysburg remains among the most legendary Civil War landmarks. A century and a half after the great battle, Cemetery Hill, the Seminary and its ridge, and the Peach Orchard remain powerful memories for their embodiment of the small-town North and their ability to touch themes vital to nineteenth-century religion. During this period, three patterns became particularly prominent: refinement, diversity, and war. In Gettysburg Religion, author Steve Longenecker explores the religious history of antebellum and Civil War–era Gettysburg, shedding light on the remarkable diversity of American religion and the intricate ways it interacted with the broader culture. READ MORE

“A Grand Terrible Dramma”
From Gettysburg to Petersburg: The Civil War Letters of Charles Wellington Reed

Edited by Eric A. Campbell

This extensive and unique collection, consisting of over 180 letters and hundreds of drawings, covers Reed’s period of service (1862-65) and provides the modern reader a wealth of information on the role of the Union army in the eastern theater, the events in the life of the Civil War soldier, and the war in general. READ MORE

To read more about Gettysburg, the American Civil War, and President Abraham Lincoln see our series on The North’s Civil War and Reconstructing America both edited by Andrew L. Slap, Fordham University.

150 years ago, a 2-minute speech shaped a nation. Read Lincoln’s handwritten words.