Chamblee54

Seven Score And Eight Years Ago

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 19, 2011










Today, November 19, is International Men’s Day. It was started in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, an academic from Port of Spain, Trinidad. November 19 is his father’s birthday. The theme this year is “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life”. With the recent publicity given the scandal at Penn State University, this has a sad irony. Maybe next year will be better.

One thing that happened on November 19 was the Gettysburg Address.To paraphrase the first sentence, this was seven score and eight years ago.

A few months before this, a vicious battle had been fought near Gettysburg, PA. It is widely considered the turning point of the War, the moment when the Union took the upper hand. It came at a horrible price, and a cemetery was built to hold this price.

The ceremony to dedicate the cemetery was held November 19, 1863. The headline speaker was Senator Edward Everett. The President was an afterthought. After it was over, Mr. Everett reportedly told the President that he said more in two minutes than he did in two hours.

The speech by Mr. Lincoln is an American classic. Schoolchildren are forced to memorize it. There are a few legends, many of which are not true. According to The Lincoln Museum , the speech was written on White House stationary, not the back of an envelope. The train ride would have been too bumpy to write. There is also confusion about what happened to the original text that the President read from.

HT to Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Measured in pixels, the picture of George Custer is 720×666.

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 battle-field 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 can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not 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 it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.







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  1. […] Tip of the old scrub brush to Chamblee54 for reminding us about the anniversary, today. […]

  2. Ed Darrell said, on November 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for the reminder of the Gettysburg Address anniversary. A good cause to pause and remember.

    Nice collection of photos, too.

  3. […] Tip of the old scrub brush to Chamblee54 for reminding us about the anniversary, today. […]

  4. […] Library of Congress. Measured in pixels, the picture of George Custer is 720×666. This is a repost. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, […]

  5. […] Library of Congress. Measured in pixels, the picture of George Custer is 720×666. This is a repost. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, […]

  6. […] Library of Congress. Measured in pixels, the picture of George Custer is 720×666. This is a repost. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, […]


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