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The Gettysburg Address is one of the most celebrated speeches ever written The author of this document was the 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln President Lincoln wrote this speech for two reasons First the speech was written to consecrate the cemetery at Gettysburg Second and most important Lincolns words were meant to start the rebuilding of his war torn country The Battle of Gettysburg began 530am on July 1 1863 in Gettysburg Pennsylvania McLaughlin 48 General Meade of the Union and General Lee of the Confederacy set up their men each one trying to anticipate what the other would do As the battle continued it seemed to Lee that his men were dropping faster than Meades He Decided to retreat When sundown came on July3 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg ended McLaughlin 159 23040 Union soldier and close to 25000 Confederate soldiers were dead The confederates loaded up their dead and took them back to the South while the Union buried their fallen right there Four months after the battle the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery was scheduled to begin President Lincoln received an invitation on November 2 1863 from Attorney David Wills agent to the Governor of Pennsylvania Wills asked Lincoln to be present and participate in the Ceremonies which will doubtless be very imposing and solemnly impressive Freedman 44 No one expected Lincoln to be able t speak at such occasion In fact the board of Commissioners waited six weeks after inviting Edward Evert one of the most famous orators of the day and primary speaker at Gettysburg World Book 434 The reason they did not think that the President would be able to speak at such an occasion is because of the fact that he often preferred including humor in his speeches something they considered inappropriate for the dedication of a cemetery McLaughlin 189 Because of the tardiness of the invitation and his sons illness Lincoln finished
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