The “other” Gettysburg Address by E. Everett (150th anniversary of the Gettysburg battle start – 7-1-63)

The 2-hour oration by Edward Everett as keynote in November 1863 was certainly overshadowed by Honest Abe’s Address.  

Quoting Bob Greene in the WSJ article of 6/22/13, Everett’s performance was: “a melancholy lesson for any of us who become cocksure that we’re about to cross the finish line as the winner in something: our work, our play, any of the things at which we hope to succeed and prevail…. We would all do well to keep in mind: Sometimes, regardless of how diligently you prepare, of how splendidly you do your job, of how thoroughly you consider every aspect of the task, you get blindsided by fate.”




Everett did receive one of the five original copies of Lincoln’s classic and this classy note from our 16th President ” “I am pleased to know that, in your judgment, the little I did say was not entirely a failure.””.




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A Vermont Yankee in Southern California.
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