At the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery on November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered a “few appropriate remarks” to the assembled crowd. Though it lasted only a few minutes, his speech—known as the Gettysburg Address—has become one of the best-known orations in American history. Below are the words Lincoln used in his carefully crafted statement, in which he both extolled the soldiers who had fallen in defense of the country and reaffirmed the importance of continuing their work of preserving the Union. The more frequently he used a word, the larger it appears.
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