This Day in History: Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

It was a Thursday. Four-and-a-half months after Union armies stopped 60,000 Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, a pale, feverish President Lincoln (unaware he was coming down with smallpox) delivered what would become one of the most infamous speeches in American history. At the time, the short declaration was met with mixed reviews, but the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin got it mostly right when they predicted "thousands" would read the President’s words "and not many will do it without a moistening of the eye and a swelling of the heart." Listen to the full address above.