What Does the Gettysburg Address Really Mean?

History.com says that the main point of the Gettysburg Address is that the people who died on the battlefield of Gettysburg did so to protect the Declaration of Independence’s ideas of human equality and self-government. Lincoln said that the Union could only stay together if the work started by soldiers who were buried was finished and a new birth of freedom was started.

Both sides lost a lot of people in the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place from July 1 to July 3, 1863. Both the Union army and the Confederate army lost a lot of people. In the end, the Confederates had to leave the battlefield.

Many Union soldiers were buried quickly in graves that weren’t marked well, but a national cemetery was later built at the site of the battle. President Lincoln was not the most important person who spoke at the event.

A well-known speaker, Edward Everett, spoke first for two hours about how important the battle was. After that, the Gettysburg Address, which only had 272 words, was given in less than two minutes.

The speeches were both printed in national newspapers the day after the ceremony. Republicans thought Lincoln’s speech was a masterpiece, while Democrats thought his words were inappropriate for the time and place. History.com says that it is the speech that people have remembered and talked about the most.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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