Daniel Chester French designed this 19-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln. The statue depicts a contemplative Lincoln in the middle of the Civil War, wrestling with how to hold the Union together and advance the cause of human liberty and equality.
Lincoln delivered this famous speech in 1863 at dedication ceremonies for the new Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Although it took just over two minutes to read, this speech captured the essence of the noble goals of the war and of the nation. It is here engraved in its entirety.