The U.S. Secretary of the Interior will be the federal government’s representative to Tuesday’s observance of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in Adams County.
Secretary Sally Jewell will be one of the event’s keynote speakers, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson.
The historic anniversary marks Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg in November, 1863, some four-and-a-half months after the pivotal three-day Battle of Gettysburg, which is credited with turning the momentum of the country’s Civil War in favor of the Union Army. Lincoln spoke for only a few moments, and many of the day’s political scribes panned the speech as being petty. It has since, though, become thought of as one of the nation’s top political speeches, and has been studied and even memorized by students around the country for decades.
The events in Gettysburg on Tuesday (Nov. 19) will begin at 8:45 AM.