America’s greatest ever President – Abraham Lincoln, elected as the 16th President of the United States delivered one of the greatest speeches at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
President Lincoln fought a military war and a moral war in the pursuit of the restoration of the Union and later, the emancipation of slaves. Lincoln’s presidency is all the more remarkable as he managed to win re-election in the middle of fighting a civil war. President Lincoln was mainly a self-educated man and became a lawyer on his way to his political career. He issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoted the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution namely, the abolishment of slavery. He was an excellent military strategist having studied considerable volumes of war materials. President Lincoln was a giant of a man in stature and in principle and fought to preserve the American nation in the spirit of its founders and the Declaration of Independence. President Lincoln was an outstanding leader, communicator and had his conscience as his strongest aspect of his nature. He was the ultimate patriot before sadly, being assassinated at Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C and dying on April 15th, 1865 and becoming the biggest casualty perhaps of the entire American Civil War.
The Gettysburg Address
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honoured 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”