The Gettysburg Address, written by Abraham Lincoln in less than an hour. The speech took less than five minutes to deliver, and the photographer on the scene didn't capture photos because his camera wasn't ready, as he was expecting Lincoln to talk for at least an hour. Reading the text still gives me goosebumps
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: Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of a military cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the American Civil War.
This is one of only two confirmed pictures of Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous events in American history. Lincoln is in the center of the picture, hat off, and the tall man to his right wearing a top hat is his bodyguard. The Gettysburg Address, in 1863, saw Lincoln speak of the Civil War struggle leading to a "new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens.