On This Day – – – 19 November 1863
On This Day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln – 16th President of the United States of America – spoke at the Hatless centre in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As Ray Setterfield’s (OnThisDay.com) article title states, it was “Words That Echoed Down The Decades”. Those words became known across our nation and around the world as one of the greatest speeches ever delivered anywhere at any time. Setterfield begins by stating “The Gettysburg Address, in which President Abraham Lincoln spoke of all men being created equal and ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’ . . . . ” was the honor he gave to fallen soldiers of the American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg ” during the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery . . . four and a half months after the pivotal battle took place. Words spoken on that day have been referenced in many powerful addresses. During and after the dedication, which lasted only a few minutes, Setterfield cites Edward Everett (who had spoken long just prior to President Lincoln) as reporting that the audience was spellbound to the point you could actually hear a collective inhalation afterward which reflected the intensity of the impact felt by those who had been fortunate enough to hear Lincoln’s address. He reports, “In the silence of the next moment Everett leapt to his feet again and said, as nearly as I can remember, this: ‘We have just listened to a speech that will live through the ages’ (Carter, A. 1940.)”
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’ 7th District
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
Born: 12 February 1809 — Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died: 15 April 1865 (by assassination) Ford’s Theater; Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
To Quote 'OnThisDay.com.: "Lincoln's actions preserved the Union and pulled the United Statesthrough its greatest political, military and moral crisis."
The following link will allow you to hear and read the words Abraham Lincoln spoke that day — 19 November 1863. Please listen and watch with Patriotic Reverence.
Sources: Eds. (19 November 2019). "Abraham Lincoln". OnThisDay.com., online. (19 November 2019). https://www.onthisday.com/people/abraham-lincoln?utm_source=On+This+Day+in+History+by+OnThisDay.com&utm_campaign=8c2e794e01-DE+GE&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b15ebf209d-8c2e794e01-113092938.
Setterfield, Ray. (4 September 2017). "Words That Echoed Down The Decades". OnThisDay.com., online. (19 November 2019). https://www.onthisday.com/people/abraham-lincoln?utm_source=On+This+Day+in+History+by+OnThisDay.com&utm_campaign=8c2e794e01-DE+GE&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b15ebf209d-8c2e794e01-113092938.
Note: Setterfield's Source: Carter, A.R.C. (1940). Let Me Tell You. Hutchinson and Company.