14 Fun Facts About the Gettysburg Address: A 15-Minute Book by Caitlind AlexanderOften considered one of the greatest speeches given by a president, the Gettysburg Address is one of Abraham Lincolns most well known speeches.
Delivered on November 19, 1863, the speech was given at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg.
The bitter Civil War had divided the country for three years and cost thousands of lives. Over 7,000 men lost their lives at the Battle of Gettysburg alone. The casualties were so high that many soldiers were buried in mass graves.
Now it was time to dig up the dead and bury them in formal graves. The site for the National Cemetery in Gettysburg had been chosen, and many men reburied there. A formal dedication of the cemetery was in order. President Abraham Lincoln was chosen to give the dedication speech.
Do you know:
How many copies of the Gettysburg Address are there?
Was the Gettysburg Address written on a napkin?
What disease was Abraham Lincoln suffering from when he gave the Gettysburg Address?
How did President Lincoln get to the cemetery?
Was Abraham Lincoln the keynote speaker at the cemetery dedication?
Find out the answers to these questions and more and amaze your family and friends with these fun facts.
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11 Facts About the Battle of Gettysburg
Listen Listening This story aired November 19, Edward Everett was considered the greatest orator in the North, and was invited to be the keynote speaker for the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. President Lincoln was only to make a few remarks. Everett's speech gave a play-by-play of the Union exploits at Gettysburg and made allusions to Greek history, and lasted two hours.
From July 1 to July 3, , Gettysburg was the site of one of the largest battles of the American Civil War, the deadliest by a wide margin, and one that is widely considered the closest the South came to winning. On top of that, on November 19, , it was the location where Abraham Lincoln delivered the most celebrated speech in American history, referenced by such great people as Martin Luther King. But such an historic battle has more to it than our history books often care to mention, so clearly Gettysburg is worth getting to know better. It sounds like a stereotype about Southern people but, during the war, many of the soldiers fighting for the Confederacy did not have shoes, as most of the shoe factories were in the North. So the battle was started by a contingent of soldiers going to Gettysburg because there was a shoe factory present. They found out, the hard way, there were actually thousands of Northern soldiers present, and thus it was on. John L.
The Gettysburg Nobody Knows
It is the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and one of the most visited places in the United States, but Gettysburg is still plagued by misinformation. Set the record straight with these ten key facts. The Town of Gettysburg, population 2,, was a town on the rise. It boasted three newspapers, two institutes of higher learning, several churches and banks, but no shoe factory or warehouse. The ten roads that led into town are what brought the armies to Gettysburg. The shoe myth can be traced to a lates statement by Confederate general Henry Heth.
Gettysburg is one of the most famous battles in North American history and has been depicted in numerous books and classic movies. Nowadays, Gettysburg National Military Park gets more than one million visitors a year from all over the world. Those who visit — like myself a few weeks ago — might be surprised to learn some of the following:. Many Gettysburg visitors are surprised to learn that there are a huge amount of unknown Civil War soldiers buried all over the cemetery. Several of the soldiers are identified only as having been from a certain state because of where they fell or their regimental flag.