Essay on The Battle Of The Gettysburg Address

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The Gettysburg Address is one of the most recognizable documents in the history of the United States. Abraham Lincoln delivered the speech on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. This cemetery marks the final resting place for thousands of soldiers who died during the Civil War. At the time the address was given, the United States of America, the experiment in democracy, was 100 years old and had not dealt with a crisis such as this. The very existence of the country was at stake. At the time of the speech, the Union Army, representing the North, and the Confederate Army, representing the South, were in the middle of a gruesome war. The casualties on both sides during the Civil War numbered 200,000. This speech continues to have great historical value because it represents the resolve of the nation, struggling to regain the ideals that it was founded on. Lincoln, in a small portion of his address states, “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” (Lincoln). This section recognizes the end of an era of compromise and a return to the ideals of the Revolution and first principles (Conant 24). Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg and his speech there were precipitated by the events happening in the United States, namely the Civil War which started in 1861. Lincoln’s election itself led to seven Southern states seceding from the Union. State’s…

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