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Saget in Gettysburg: The Lincoln Files

May 18, 2017

Winners write history and so Lincoln did what Americans have often done since: show up late to a war and declare a lucky win.

For Canadian readers, Lincoln was President in the US Civil War (1861-65; 600,000 dead) and Lincoln’s short speech (“address”) at the end of the Batle of Gettysburg in 1863 is still studied by American schoolkids today. Well, ones in the North anyway.

Long-term consequences:

–Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle (something like 10,000 dead, 40,000 wounded over three days) served as the turning point and the North eventually won the war two years later in 1865.

–Southern states forcibly brought back into the US; slavery abolished.

–Other colonial powers saw the North’s eagerness to fight for territory, reacted, and got mixed results. Britain helped its remaining colonies form present-day Canada, starting in 1867. Spain got its arse kicked. Russia took the cash, selling Alaska to the USA in 1867.

–Lincoln’s Republican party would effectively be wiped out in Southern states for a hundred years.

More pictures after the jump.

“They love this Stove Top hat wearin”, beard sportin mother fucker in Gettysburg…he spent one night in the damn place”

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The Address:

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And the address again. Lincoln assissinated at war’s end while watching theatre. Your editor is a direct descendant of the writer who said “Well, other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how’d you like the play?”

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Viewing glasses Lincoln used the night he was bagged:

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Lincoln’s address came four months after the battle:

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