A new audio recording of the Gettysburg address was made public on Tuesday, and it’s not what you might expect.
As it turns out, the recording was made before Lincoln’s assassination, but the audio is more than 150 years old.
Here’s how the recording of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Speech was made, and what it means for our understanding of the Lincoln presidency.
How did Lincoln deliver his Gettyburg Address?
On January 5, 1863, a small group of Confederate soldiers marched toward Washington, D.C., carrying a plan of attack against the capital.
Their goal: to take over the White House and take the Confederate flag down.
At the time, there was no way for the Confederate forces to reach the Capitol, because they were surrounded by Union troops.
To help ease the situation, the Confederates sent a small number of Union troops to the nearby town of Gettysburg to assist the Confederations’ army.
During this time, Confederate general George Crook was on the move toward Gettysburg, preparing for a major offensive against the Union Army.
At one point, he called in the army to help in the defense of the city.
The Confederates were not the only ones hoping to take the city, however.
As Crook and his men were moving toward the city from nearby the town of Germantown, Maryland, the soldiers on the march were attacked by the Confederate Army.
Crook’s men were able to take several of the Confederated soldiers prisoner, but their plan to take Gettysburg fell apart as a result of the unexpected attack by the Union army.
After losing most of their men in the battle, the Confederate soldiers retreated back to Germantout.
Crooks and his soldiers were not killed, but they did suffer serious wounds.
Crookers soldiers were captured and eventually brought to Washington to be tried for treason.
What did Lincoln say during the Gettyburg Speech?
The audio recording includes a short section of Lincoln, as well as his wife, Emma.
In the recording, Lincoln tells his wife that his plan to capture Washington was “a mistake” and that he was not going to give up.
Instead, he plans to march toward Washington on foot, then meet up with his army in Germantdown.
The Confederate General, George Crooks, was still in Washington at the time of the speech, however, and he gave his own version of events in his memoirs.
Crookes claimed that Lincoln had gone to Germants house to meet with Crooks troops.
Crooked said that Lincoln told him that he intended to march towards Washington and that if he could get his men to surrender, the Union soldiers would not attack the city again.
He claimed that he thought the men were bluffing, and they would surrender and leave without a fight.
Crouckles army would be in Germants territory for only a few days, though, and Lincoln’s troops would have to be moved out of the vicinity of the Capitol.
In his memoir, Crooks wrote that he believed Lincoln would be able to hold Washington for a short while, but then “there would be no surrender, and the soldiers would move in.”
How was the Gettybursts attack different from the other Confederate attacks on the city?
While Lincoln was attempting to capture the White house, he had an unexpected attack from Crooks army.
Crooking was also in Washington, and was captured.
Crooys army had been moving towards the city for weeks, but Lincoln was able to get his soldiers to surrender.
But Crooks forces were not as strong as Crooks had claimed.
Croods army was composed mostly of Union soldiers, and were outnumbered by the Confederacy.
Lincoln and his army were able airdropped supplies to the troops in Germontown.
During the next few days of the battle for Gettysburg and the city itself, the armies were able take over Germantover.
The Confederacy was forced to withdraw.
Why is the audio recording important?
After the battle of Gettyburg, a large number of soldiers were killed.
While it’s impossible to determine how many of the Confederate dead were Union soldiers and how many Confederate soldiers were Union, the fact that many Confederates died at Gettysburg means that the war was far from over.
In fact, the battle had an immediate impact on the political and social climate of the South.
During his speech at Gettyburg on February 1, 1865, Lincoln said that the people of the country must now “receive justice.”
He said that he would not surrender to the Union, and that they must take their rightful place as the nation’s true rulers.
Lincoln’s speech did not become a political issue.
It was more a statement of American values, and of what the United States stood for.
Why was the audio released on Tuesday?
Because it was made available to the public, after more than a century of preservation.
The recording was originally made by a member of the Congressional Library and is now