EXIT 16s On I-81 TO Route 30E (aka LincolnsWay), at Stoufferstown and Chambersburg To Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
EXIT provided by Harrison W. of Middleburg, Virginia.
Four months after of a great battle between Americans in 1863, a tall bearded gentleman rose to speak these words in his high pitched, barely audible voice. He was dedicating a vast graveyard filled with soldiers from all the dis-united states.
The New York Times later remarked that the speech was inconsequential. Ever since, it has been considered the greatest speech ever written — certainly by any American Leader. It occurred on November 19, 1863 just a few miles east of the upcoming Exit. Get off now if you want to experience the words and that great battlefield.
“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.
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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