Lincoln's Gettysburg World Message by Henry Eyster Jacobs


“Nor will the careful student ever recall Lincoln without recognizing the Gettysburg incident as condensing within itself all that he elsewhere spoke and wrote and accomplished. The meaning of what had transpired on the first three days of July, 1863, with the thousands of lives that had been sacrificed, and the tens of thousands that were enduring untold physical suffering, and the countless homes throughout the land that were darkened because they mourned loved ones, so filled his heart that he compressed the convictions of a lifetime and the anguish of the responsibilities he was then bearing, into a two minutes' address that has become the most highly cherished classic that America has produced. The aim of what is presented in the following pages is to treat of the historical setting of the address, together with a study of the principles which underlie it.” — Henry Eyster Jacobs

Level of Difficulty: Primer: No subject matter knowledge needed.

Book Contents

  • Preface
  • 1 The Place and the People
  • 2 The Prelude to the Battle
  • 3 The Battle
    • A. The First Day
    • B. The Second Day
    • C. The Third Day
  • 4 Gettysburg’s Greatest Day — November 19, 1863
    • The National Cemetery
    • Lincoln At Gettysburg
    • Edward Everett
    • An Eloquent Peroration
    • The Great Address
    • Characteristics Of The Address
  • 5 Lincoln’s Ruling Principles of Statesmanship
    • National Unity
    • A True Theory Of States’ Rights
    • Individual Liberty
    • Origin Of The Phrase
    • The Religious Element
  • 6 Summary
  • Copyright Notice

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Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2020
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0