"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” - Abraham Lincoln —
On this day in 1863, president Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. The speech marked the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery, honoring the Union soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Lincoln was not the premiere speaker at the event, though his speech has gone down as perhaps the most famous speech ever delivered by a U.S. president. There are only two confirmed photos of the event that include Lincoln. Much of what we know about it stems from newspaper articles from that time, and from personal accounts of those who attended. Only one of these eyewitnesses was able to provide an audio rendition of what he heard Lincoln say.