The Gettysburg Address : The Battle Of Gettysburg

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The Gettysburg Address The battle of Gettysburg took place July 1-3, 1863 and has been said to be the turning point of the American Civil War. This war was a battle between the Confederacy and the Union, two countries derived from what we now know as the United States of America. In reality, the Union was just a nickname for the United States at the time, which consisted of 20 free, non-slave states and the 5 border states that supported it. While on the other hand, the Confederacy involved 11 southern slave states that sought to secede from the Union in order to avoid the abolishment of slavery. According to CivilWar.org, the battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with a count of 51,000 casualties. This was a huge tragedy for America, people began to lose hope and even worse, the will to fight on. Then came along Abraham Lincoln and a speech so important, so necessary, and memorable to this day, the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg address was written to dedicate the land our soldiers fought and died on to become the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, Lincoln also used this horrific tragedy as a way to motivate the people of his nation to continue the battle and finish it once and for all. He begins his speech with, “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.” This is an example of…
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