Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)
In a masterly work, Garry Wills shows how Lincoln reached back to the Declaration of Independence to write the greatest speech in the nation’s history.
The power of words has rarely been given a more compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln was asked to memorialize the gruesome battle. Instead he gave the whole nation “a new birth of freedom” in the space of a mere 272 words. His entire life and previous training and his deep political experience went into this, his revolutionary masterpiece.
By examining both the address and Lincoln in their historical moment and cultural frame, Wills breathes new life into words we thought we knew, and reveals much about a president so mythologized but often misunderstood. Wills shows how Lincoln came to change the world and to effect an intellectual revolution, how his words had to and did complete the work of the guns, and how Lincoln wove a spell that has not yet been broken.
Admits Lee’s lack of planning at Gettysburg, blaming it on the loss of intelligence incurred by sending Jeb Stuart’s cavalry off on its own (Douglas Southall Freeman, R. E. Lee: A Biography [Charles Scribner’s Sons], vol. 3 , pp. 68, 147–48). 23. “Devoted” means “marked for sacrifice,” the classical sense still evident in Lincoln’s phrase “the last full measure of devotion.” See OED, s.v. “devotion” 4. 24. Another extra paragraph in the Fish volume at Springfield: General Lee states, in.
If their signification were exactly the same, while in truth it is not. Hence a certain mist, and indistinctness, is unwarily thrown over style.22 Twain and Herndon both used the same image, of a mist over the sentence, to suggest what the “right word” dispels. Here is Twain: A powerful agent is the right word: it lights the reader’s way and makes it plain; a close approximation to it will answer, and much traveling is done in a well-enough fashion by its help, but we do not welcome it and.
Information. According to Harrison’s reading of the photos, a flagpole had been erected at what is now the monument site. In the photo taken facing the gateway, the pole is seen to the left of the gate, with bits of Cemetery Hill visible beyond it. Most of the graves lie outside the picture to the left. To the right of the gateway—even farther up a slope than the flagpole—is the platform and the tent raised for Everett, with Gulp’s Hill seen beyond (out to the right of) them. In the picture.
Discovered by General Hooker, and, moving with great rapidity from Fredericksburg, he preserved unbroken the inner line, and stationed the various corps of his army at all the points protecting the approach to Washington, from Centreville up to Leesburg. From this vantage-ground the Rebel general in vain attempted to draw him. In the mean time, by the vigorous operations of Pleasanton’s cavalry, the cavalry of Stuart, though greatly superior in numbers, was so crippled as to be disabled from.
Said Lincoln was “reflective, not spontaneous” (Hertz, p. 95—cf. Herndon-Weik, p. 477). He worked on his House Divided Speech for a year (Don E. Fehrenbacher, Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850s [Stanford University Press, 1962], pp. 88–94; John S. Nicolay and John Hay, Abraham Lincoln: A History [The Century Co., 1890], vol. 2, p. 136). For his First Inaugural he studied Webster’s and Clay’s speeches and solicited Seward’s help (Herndon-Weik, pp. 386–87). For preparation of the Cooper.