• Text: Gettysburg Address Delivered 150 Years Ago By Abraham Lincoln

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    Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address

    Top: President Abraham Lincoln (circled) speaking at the dedication of Soldiers National Cemetery on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., November 19, 1863. Bottom: A longer view of the scene on ground still marked by evidences of the bloody battle four months earlier. The photo at top is an enlargement of the marked off rectangular area. It is believed this may be the only photo of Lincoln at the dedication where he made the four minute speech which was to become a world classic. It was found in 1953 in the National Archives in Washington where it had gone unnoticed. (AP Photo/Matthew Brady)

    The text of the Gettysburg Address, as delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863, and transmitted by The Associated Press 150 years ago:

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. (Applause.) 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 are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting place of 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 cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.

    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or to detract. (Applause.) The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here; but it can never forget what they did here. (Applause.) It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work that they have thus far so nobly carried on. (Applause.) It is rather for us here to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us; that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain. (Applause.) That the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom, and that the government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. (Long applause.)

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