Abraham Lincoln & Gettysburg

Gettysburg is celebrating 150 years since it’s horrific Civil War battle and since Im a long admirer of Abraham Lincoln I thought I’d post this personal project I did recently of a Lincoln portrait. Slightly whimsical, slightly stylized which tends to be my style here he is in some Andy Warhol layout. Created for personal fun in Adobe Illustrator.

Lincoln gave his “Gettysburg Address” speech in two minutes on Nov 19, 1863.

There are a couple versions of the speech. The version below appears on the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D. C. I think it’s interesting that he states “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here…” and yet this is one of the few speeches I know and the world does remember what he said.

The Gettysburg Address

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.

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