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Gettysburg Address [Full Text]
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|November 19, 1863           |At the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg President Lincoln delivers a two-minute   |Pennsylvania |
|                           |speech. Immediately following the speech he calls it a "flat failure." The speech is known today as|             |
|                           |the Gettysburg Address                                                                             |             |
|                            |Abraham Lincoln                                                                                     |             |
|                            |Civil War National Cemeteries                                                                       |             |

There are actually five (or more) versions of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This is the version that appears on the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D. C. and contains the words "under God." This term appears to be the most notable difference among the five versions. According to popular accounts Lincoln spoke those words.

The Gettysburg Address

Four score 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...