Lincoln at Gettysburg
Friday, November 8, 2013
Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech on Nov. 19, 1863, to a crowd of roughly 15,000 dignitaries, mourners and regular citizens who assembled in Gettysburg, Pa., for the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the final resting place of 3,500 Union casualties of the Civil War’s most famous battle in July of that year. At 273 words, some in the audience mentioned that the speech seemed to be over before they knew it had started. Now known as the Gettysburg Address, it was to have lasting impact on the national consciousness, and is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. In this video, Civil War scholar Randall Miller, Ph.D., professor of history, discusses the effect Lincoln’s own visit to the battlefield and the grave sites had on him, as he completed the draft of the speech that day 150 years ago.