Savanna in Carroll County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Grand Army of the Republic Presentation
Gettysburg Address Plaque
Grand Army Of The Republic
J.P. Plattenberger, Commander
(Plaque has the text of the Gettysburg Address on it.)
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 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 honored dead we take increased devotion to
Abraham Lincoln (Signature)
Erected by Grand Army Of The Republic.
Location. 42° 5.664′ N, 90° 9.317′ W. Marker is in Savanna, Illinois, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Madison Street, on the right when traveling north on 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 326 3rd Street, Savanna IL 61074, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Savanna Community World War II Honor Roll (here, next to this marker); Savanna Public Library (here, next to this marker); Helen Scott Hay (a few steps from this marker); Pierce Wigwam (approx. half a mile away); Savanna Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Plum River Falls (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lewistown Trail (approx. 5.8 miles away); Savanna Army Depot Activity (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savanna.
Regarding Grand Army of the Republic Presentation. This Grand Army of the Republic Gettysburg Address was presented to the Lincoln Elementary School in Savanna Illinois some time between 1928 and 1934. Considering that J.P. Plattenberger a Civil War Veteran who was born in 1848 and passed away in 1934, it had to have been dedicated before his passing.
From memory, it was about 2006 when the Lincoln Elementary School was auctioned off to the highest bidder as it had been closed for years and the Savanna VFW Post took the plaque and moved it to the Savanna Public Library and set it in concrete in front of the flag pole.
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the GAR became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, lobbying the US Congress to establish veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak membership, at more than 490,000, was in 1890, a high point of Civil War commemorative ceremonies. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), composed of male descendants of Union veterans.
Also see . . . Video - - "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address". (Submitted on September 5, 2013.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2013, by Paul Mayer of Savanna, Illinois. This page has been viewed 588 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2013, by Paul Mayer of Savanna, Illinois. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.