The Gettysburg Address was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln (12th February, 1809 - 15th April, 1865) on the 19th of November, 1863 at the dedication the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The speech lasted just over two minutes, but is remembered as one of the greatest and most significant in US history for delivering a vision of the Civil War as a battle for a truly united and equal America, where 'government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.'
The Gettysburg Address delivered by Lincoln (86 words)
Historical Context Note
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.