Almost as an aside, it’s interesting to note that in Lincoln’s view there was never a “Confederate States of America” at all. His position was that the Union was still intact and that the people of those eleven southern states were merely “in rebellion” against the federal government. Furthermore, it was Lincoln’s belief that there was no Constitutional right for any state to leave the Union. This view of the nature of the Republic colored his thinking throughout the rebellion. Further proof of this point-of-view can be seen in the title of the huge multi-volume “Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.”
Every student in this country should be required to study Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – not just memorize a few sentences without any understanding of what each one means and how important this speech is to a basic understanding of what it means to be an American. Lincoln’s speech is part of our unique heritage that should be remembered, lest we lose forever the freedom he so eloquently promised.
Here is exactly what Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, said on November 19, 1863. Read it and be thankful:
“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.