Rick Miller, a President Lincoln re-enactor, poses for photographs after the ceremony.
Lincoln's speech was delivered in Gettysburg nearly five months after a major battle that left tens of thousands of men wounded, dead or missing.
Our predecessors, perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time, called President Lincoln's words "silly remarks," deserving "a veil of oblivion," apparently believing it an indifferent and altogether ordinary message, unremarkable in eloquence and uninspiring in its brevity.
The site of one of the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War hosted a historical commemoration Tuesday as thousands of historians and tourists gathered to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Audience members, some in period costumes, watch the commemoration ceremony of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on November 19, 2013, at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa.
The site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War was host to a solemn tribute to history Tuesday as thousands gathered in Gettysburg, Pa., to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Wagner also considered the 30-year age difference between the victim and the defendant, and losing her family as a result of the case.
Patrick's actions estranged a close family member from the victim, Wagner said."I am extremely pleased with the 24-to-48-year sentence imposed by the court," Zei said Monday following court.
"The cause then was the Civil War and the future of the country," Casey said.
Today's causes, he said, must include "increased devotion to our veterans."In 1963, Martin Luther King, kicking off his "I Have a Dream" speech before a crowd of 250,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, noted that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took effect "five score years ago." The phrase invoked the Gettysburg Address, whose words were etched into the interior of the monument just a few steps behind the civil rights icon.
The area remains home to Gettysburg National Cemetery and Gettysburg National Military Park.
STORY: 5 things to know about Gettysburg Address PHOTO: Old photo may change history The event Tuesday on a sunny but chilly morning included naturalization ceremonies led by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for 16 new citizens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and National Park Service Director John Jarvis were among those presenting memorial wreaths.
Last week, the newspaper apologized: Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives.