Lincoln Speech Memorial (Gettysburg)

Lincoln Speech Memorial

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MONUMENT PROFILE
  • Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  • Location: South Side of the National Cemetery
  • Map Coordinates: +39° 49' 3.00", -77° 13' 54.84"

MONUMENT DETAILS
  • Artist:
    • Sculptor: Henry K. Bush-Brown
    • Fabricator: Van Amringe Granite Company
  • Dedicated: January 24, 1912.
    • Rededicated November 20, 1967
  • Dimensions: Sculpture: 2 ft. 9 in. x 1 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 1 ft. 3 in.
    • Base: H. 8 ft. x W. 22 ft.
    • Front plaques: 4 x 5 ft.
  • Description: A bronze bust of Lincoln rests on a granite pedestal in the center of a curved granite wall. Flanking the bust are two rectangular bronze plaques, one inscribed with the Gettysburg Address and one inscribed with the text of a letter to Lincoln.
  • Cost: $5,000.00 in 1895
  • Remarks: This monument is dedicated not to Lincoln, but to the speech he gave at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery on November 19, 1863: the Gettysburg Address. The monument contains a bust of the president sculpted by Henry K. Bush-Brown, who also created the equestrian statues of Generals Meade, Reynolds and Sedgwick at Gettysburg.
MONUMENT TEXT
From the Tablet in Front of the Monument
LINCOLN - ADDRESS
MEMORIAL

This monument commemorates
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,
November 19, 1863.

The Address was delivered
about 300 yards from this spot
along upper Cemetery drive.
The site is now marked by the
Soldiers’ National Monument.

Dedicated Jan. 24, 1912 – Sculptor, Henry Bush-Brown.


From the Tablet on the Right Side of the Monument
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 BATTLE-FIELD 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.


From the Tablet on the Left Side of the Monument
THE SEVERAL STATES HAVING SOLDIERS IN THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC WHO WERE KILLED AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG OR HAVE SINCE DIED AT THE VARIOUS HOSPITALS WHICH WERE ESTABLISHED IN THE VICINITY HAVE PROCURED GROUNDS ON A PROMINENT PART OF THE BATTLEFIELD FOR A CEMETERY AND ARE HAVING THE DEAD REMOVED TO THEM AND PROPERLY BURIED.

THESE GROUNDS WILL BE CONSECRATED AND SET APART TO THIS SACRED PURPOSE ON THURSDAY THE 19TH INSTANT. IT IS THE DESIRE THAT YOU AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE NATION FORMALLY SET APART THESE GROUNDS TO THEIR SACRED USE BY A FEW APPROPRIATE REMARKS. IT WILL BE A SOURCE OF GREAT GRATIFICATION TO THE MANY WIDOWS AND ORPHANS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ALMOST FRIENDLESS BY THE GREAT BATTLE HERE TO HAVE YOU HERE PERSONALLY AND IT WILL KINDLE ANEW IN THE BREASTS OF THE COMRADES OF THESE BRAVE DEAD WHO ARE NOW IN THE TENTED FIELD THAT THEY WHO SLEEP IN DEATH ON THE BATTLEFIELD ARE NOT FORGOTTEN BY THOSE HIGHEST IN AUTHORITY AND THEY WILL FEEL THAT SHOULD THEIR FATE BE THE SAME THEIR REMAINS WILL NOT BE UNCARED FOR.

FROM LETTER OF INVITATION TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ON NOVEMBER 19, 1863 NEAR THIS PLACE DELIVERED THE ADDRESS AT THE DEDICATION OF THE CEMETERY.


From the Plaque on the Back
ERECTED IN COMPLIANCE WITH
ACT OF 53D​

CONGRESS 3D​ SESSION
INTRODUCED BY
MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES
REPRESENTATIVE FROM 10TH DISTRICT
OF NEW YORK
TO ESTABLISH A MILITARY PARK AT
GETTYSBURG PENNSYLVANIA
APPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT
FEBRUARY 11 1895​


ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


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Henry K. Bush-Brown’s 1912 bust of the 16th President
Photo
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GettysburgDaily, May 2009.


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Site of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Photo Gary Todd, taken on July 19, 1978

RELATED LINKS
citation information The following information is provided for citations.
Article Title:
Lincoln Speech Memorial
Authors:
CivilWarTalk
Website Name:
CivilWarTalk.com
URL:
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/lincoln-speech-memorial-gettysburg.165520/
Publisher:
CivilWarTalk, LLC
Original Published Date:
June 2, 2021

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