A New Birth of Freedom

2013 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Battle of Gettysburg: Facts and Figures

  • More than 50,000 soldiers were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. The battle resulted in 5,000 dead horses.
  • 172,000 men and 634 cannons were positioned over the 25 square miles.
  • 569 tons of ammunition were expended.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg started without the knowledge or consent of either army commander — Lee or Meade.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on some of the hottest days of the summer. The hottest time of the month, nearly 90 degrees, was right during Pickett’s Charge on July 3rd.
  • General Lee lost 23 battle flags in Pickett’s Charge — more than he had lost in the previous 14 months combined.
  • There are more than 1,400 monuments, markers and tablets at Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863

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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