Tuesday’s History Lesson

Today is all about the Gettysburg Address :

The Gettysburg Address is a speech that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863

Facts you might not know:

Lincoln wasn’t the keynote speaker.

Edward Everett was considered the greatest orator in the North, and was invited to be the keynote speaker for the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. President Lincoln was only to make a few remarks.

Gettysburg was the place to be.

After so much grief and loss, people in the North felt a turning point had come with the Battle of Gettysburg. and they wanted to be there for the dedication of the national cemetery for the Union war dead. Fifteen thousand people came to the town for the dedication, knowing it would be a momentous and historic occasion.

The cemetery was only for Union war dead.

An independent group of influential residents raised funds to turn the battlefield into a national cemetery, honoring the Union war dead lost in the battle. Confederate soldiers who were killed in the battle were either brought “home” to the South or lost to history.

Lesson in History :


Facts for KidsFacts and Information

Fact 1: The text of the Gettysburg Address is carved into stone on the south wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.,  

Fact 2: There are approx 270 words in the Gettysburg Address and it took just over 2 minutes to deliver

 Fact 3: The reason for the speech was the dedication of the national cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

 Fact 4: When was the Gettysburg Address? The speech was given by President Abraham Lincoln on November, 19, 1863

 Fact 5: Who wrote the Gettysburg Address? Abraham Lincoln

 Fact 6: What is the Gettysburg Address? The name of a world famous speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln to honor those who had died at the Battle of Gettysburg during which Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his forces were defeated by Union forces led by General George Meade.

Fact 7: The Civil War was at its height when the speech was made, and less than six moths after the Battle of Gettysburg (June 27–July 4, 1863). There were approximately 94,000 Union soldiers and 72,000 Confederates who fought at Gettysburg

Fact 8: The speech was made in honor of the Union troops who had fallen on the battlefield – 3,155 soldiers were killed and 14,531 wounded fighting for the Union. (a further 4,708 killed soldiers were killed and 12,693 wounded fighting for the Confederacy)

Fact 9: The speech reflected the ideals and principles of equality,  freedom and democracy and made reference to the past, present and future of the nation

Fact 10: The speech followed the Emancipation Proclamation which was made on January 1, 1863

Library book and video :


Maximilian P. Mouse is not an adventurous mouse. But, his home is in trouble and Maximilian needs to do something! When Nathanial Chipmunk III offers a time machine as a way to go back and fix things, Maximilian jumps at the chance. Only, the time machine doesn’t quite work. Now he must jump through time to find his way back to the Glen. Experience historic events through the eyes of Maximilian P. Mouse, Time Traveler!

In Yankee Mouse: Maximilian P. Mouse has had his first adventure in history, but now he needs to get back to his family. When he tries for a second time, the time machine once again fails. This time he has landed in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Maximilian isn’t sure if Gettysburg is close to Tanner’s Glen, but he does know 1863 is the wrong year! Taking shelter in the home of a young lawyer named David Wills, Maximilian witnesses Abraham Lincoln finalizing his monumental Gettysburg Address. He has just enough time to watch Lincoln delver the speech before he must make another attempt to return home!

An action-packed series featuring world-class black-and-white interior illustrations to grab young readers’ attention! * Age-appropriate Art * Reinforced Library Binding * Historic events seen through the eyes of Maximilian P. Mouse * Glossary * About the Author. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-6.

And it’s the War between the States and not the Civil War…… Lisa

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