In July, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln came to the Gettysburg battlefield where over 20,000 Union soldiers were killed or wounded. During the Civil War, Confederates did not kill 3,000 people, they killed over 250,000 Union soldiers and wounded a million. A few changes have been made in the Gfettysburg Address, but we believe it should be printed today.
“Ten score years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now, we are engaged in a great world wide war, testing whether this nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-filed of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that the nation might live. It is altogether filing and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate–we cannot consecrate–we can not hallow–this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth.”
Does anyone after reading these words believe Abraham Lincoln would have been part of a howling mob shouting hate?