The Gettysburg Address was a short, 2-minute speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863, during the U.S. Civil War. The speech was part of a dedication ceremony at the Soldersâ€™ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The President predicted his words would not be remembered by the world. On the contrary, the words of the Gettysburg Address have endured through generations, and the speech is one of the most famous and often-quoted speeches in the history of the United States.
In the speech, President Lincoln refers to the principles of the Declaration of Independence, such as freedom, equality and democracy. It is suggested that the living be galvanized by the dead to pursue liberty. The speech discusses the ultimate sacrifices of the slain soldiers in pursuit of those principles and urges those left behind to dedicate themselves to the work for the cause remaining to be done. Mr. Lincoln respectfully concludes that while the occasion is a dedication ceremony, the ground, as a battlefield, can only be consecrated by the men, both alive and dead, who fought on it.
Finally, the President suggests that the United States shall be reborn in freedom and that democracy will live on.