Exeter in Washington County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Address by President Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field 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 that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not 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 here 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
President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, an early national cemetery for the Civil War dead. Starting in 1909, a date coinciding with the centennial of Lincoln’s birth, tablets with these famed words were first cast for installation in the country’s national cemeteries to assure that visitors never forget the honored dead and why they gave their lives.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and the National Cemeteries series lists.
Location. 41° 32.72′ N, 71° 32.265′ W. Marker is in Exeter, Rhode Island, in Washington County. Memorial can be reached from South County Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 South County Trail, Exeter RI 02822, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lonely Lookout Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); We Aim-To Deliver (about 500 feet away); U.S. Navy Armed Guard Memorial (about 500 feet away); Armed Services Memorial (about 600 feet away); 43d Infantry Division Memorial (about 700 feet away); Jewish War Veterans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rhode Island National Guard (approx. ¼ mile away); Medal of Honor-Honor Roll (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Exeter.
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