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Topic Forty-seven: The Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address Activities--Teacher Guide Page

The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

". . . When the President finishes there is not a sound—not a clap, not a cheer. Most of those who listen that day at Gettysburg do not know they are hearing one of the greatest speeches ever written, but all know their president is speaking from his heart."--E.W. Andrews, present at the Address

.........from PBS Freedom: A History of US, A birth of New Freedom. 
See the actual documents with media.  See the reference below.

Numbers of Casualties at the Gettysburg Battle

An actual photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg
Listen to the Gettysburg Address


Union Army: 23, 049 dead                      

Confederate Army:  28.063-- Mostly Texans and Georgians in their teens

Two Flags represented at Gettysburg:  Americans fighting Americans with the highest number of casualties than all other wars combined.  At Gettysburg,  a cemetery was needed, and the President was invited to help "dedicate" the new cemetery.         


From the Library of Congress



1.  This is primarily a reading activity.  Various website resources will provide answers and information to answer the Gettysburg questions.

2.  Along with the reading sections there is a "Gettysburg Address Treasure" activity.  Students will continue with reading and finding answers to questions posed in links.

3.  Gettysburg Address Vocabulary will be covered in the Treasure activity.

4.  There are several options to use this site in any way useful for the teacher.

5.  An answer sheet is available.


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