The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

The very first “return to Gettysburg” was President Abraham Lincoln’s visit on November 19, 1863 – 150 years ago today – barely more than 4 months after the historic battle. The spirit of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s visit was still alive fifty years later during the Great Reunion, when the Address was recited in the Great Tent on the second day of the encampment.

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War marches on – for another year and a half until April, 2015 – but with regards to the Battle of Gettysburg and the immediate aftermath, the milestone anniversary is about to slip into history. Still, we have another year and a half to commemorate that long-ago conflict that first divided and then reunited a nation.

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