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Gettysburg Address


The Gettysburg Address is perhaps one of the most simple, eloquent, and important speeches in American history. President Abraham Lincoln gave this short speech on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the new national military cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania just 4 1/2 months after that famous Civil War battle.


Lincoln spoke of those who had given "the last full measure of devotion" to the Union cause. He was referring to physical death in a physical war. In Civil War Dads, Lincoln's words are used to call Christian men to give the last full measure of devotion to God and their families in the spiritual civil war. That is, Christian men should fulfill their biblical calling to leadership, service, and sacrifice as husbands and fathers. 


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Fourscore 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 battlefield 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 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 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 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 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.





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