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.”

ref: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323566804578553273901847386.html?KEYWORDS=Gettysburg+Address.

 

 

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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