The Gettysburg Addresswas a speech given off by Abraham Lincoln on Novemeber 19, 2009 on the battle feild near Ghettysburg.
In July 1863 for 3 days the most critical battles of the Civil War was fought right outside the village of Gettysburg. 51, 000 soldiers were wounded, killed, or missing.
(Battle scene at Gettysburg)
The armies left the city in shambles. 17 acres of land became the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
There are 5 known hand written copies of the Gettysburg adress. The Library of Congress own 2 out of the 5. President Lincoln gave one of these to each of his two private secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay
Lincoln's aimin his Gettysburg Address was to extol liberty and honor the people fighting for our nation who died in hope that there would still be a nation in the end. With the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln gave meaning to the sacrifice of the dead-he gave inspiration to the living.