On November 19, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech at the dedication of a soldiers’ cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It would come to be regarded as one of the great speeches in U.S. history. On July 1, 1863, the armies of the Confederate and United States clashed at Gettysburg in one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War. An estimated 7,500 men died were interred at the cemetery Lincoln was dedicating.Lincoln’s speech was short. In two minutes, he drew attention to the principles of human equality written in the Declaration of Independence, and redefined the Civil War not just as a struggle between North and South but “a new birth of freedom” in the U.S.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry battle Noun
violent encounter during a conflict.
place for burying the dead.
Civil War Noun
(1860-1865) American conflict between the Union (north) and Confederacy (south).
having to do with the Confederate States of America (south) during the Civil War.
rule or standard.
to identify or organize in a different manner.
person who serves in a military.