Gettysburg Address

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Presented 1937 by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
1809   1865
"Fourscore 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 battlefield 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 cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot 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 that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth." 
 November 19, 1863

Presented to the
by the
Sons of Union Veterans
of the Civil War
September 1937

The marker is affixed to the facade of the east side of Bascom Hall and is accessible from Lincoln Drive, south of its intersection with Observatory Drive, at 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

Abraham Lincoln Online: The Gettysburg Address

NOTE: Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus is pretty intense. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.

UW-Madison Map and Parking

Click here for a list of all markers located on the UW-Madison campus.

The marker is affixed to the facade and is visible inside the arch to the left.

The marker is visible behind Abraham Lincoln, inside the arch to the left.

Looking west from Bascom Hall.

The marker is located on the UW-Madison campus.

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