150th Anniversary of The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in history: The Gettysburg Address. When I took American history in high school, my teacher required us to memorize it. I wonder if any teachers still do.

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 battlefield 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 cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot 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.

Normally, I don’t post Tuesday puzzles as they aren’t particularly challenging; however, since the theme of today’s puzzle commemorates this historic event, I decided to include it here.

NYT Puzzle - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3D. Prez who delivered a famous address on Nov. 19, 1863 = Abe Lincoln
31D. Where 3-Down’s address was delivered = Gettysburg

The circle fills for 17-, 25-, 36-, 43-, 51-, and 66-Across spell out the famous six-word opening: Four score and seven years ago.


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