Clark, Gardner B. – 1913 Newspaper Clippings

Michigan Civil War Collection

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Regiment: 1st U.S. Volunteers Sharpshooters Battles Mentioned: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Historical Figures: Abraham Lincoln “Let us have faith [Image of Abraham Lincoln] Abraham Lincoln Fifty Years Tomorrow Since Lincoln Delivered Famous Gettysburg Address The following is the correct version of address delivered by President Lincoln at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, Nov 19, 1863, the fiftieth anniversary of which is to be observed throughout the land tomorrow: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, 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 so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met great 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 fit- ting and proper that we should do this. “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not conse- crate—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 remem- ber what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. lt 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.”