Johnny Cash reads the Gettysburg Address

  • 1 July 2015
  • NormanL

And now for a little history.

In the increasingly bitter, and increasingly ridiculous, argument over the Confederate battle flag, it's important for all of us to recall that the Civil War was the most traumatic, destructive, and divisive event in our nation's history. The Left and Right rail at one another over just about everything today, and each side contends that if the other gets its way, doom is sure to follow.

It all pales in comparison to the conflict that tore the nation apart, and sent a generation of men on both sides to their graves.

One of the pivotal battles of that war began on July 1st, 1863 near the tiny Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. By the time the shooting ended, roughly 51,000 men were either dead, wounded, captured or missing. In November of that year, Abraham Lincoln was among the speakers present at the dedication of a national cemetary honoring those who fell in that battle. The popular story goes that Linclon sketched out his address on the back of an envelope during the train ride to Gettysburg. In reality, he carefully crafted his remarks, and they have become justly famous not only for their brevity, but their enduring power.

Once upon a time, it was common for school children to memorize the Gettysburg address. That's no longer true -- a testament to the diminishment of our study of, and appreciation for, America's history.

And so, on the anniversary of that bloody struggle, we present he Gettysburg address, as read by the great Johnny Cash