150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln (centre) delivered a speech at Gettysburg
The only confirmed photo of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg (seated), taken about noon on November 19th 1863 just after Lincoln arrived and some three hours before he spoke. To Lincoln’s right is his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the birthday of one of the USA’s greatest presidents Abraham Lincoln in Hodgenville Kentucky in 1809. He was famous as the president who was on the victors’ side in the American civil war and also the one who presided over the abolition of slavery. On a visit to Washington DC some years ago I stood at the Lincoln Memorial (every deceased US president has a memorial in WDC) on the very spot where Martin Luther King made his “I have a dream” speech. It was an awe insipring moment to almost feel the presence of these two great men.
A couple of days ago I posted a monologue by Bob Newhart. Here he is as a nineteenth century press agent in an imaginary telephone conversation with Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Gettysburg address. “You changed four score and seven to 87? – Abe that’s something like Marc Anthony saying “Friends, Romans, Countrymen I got something I wanna to tell ya” – priceless.