November: Lincoln's Elegy at Gettysburg
It begins with the search for hallowed ground, the exact place from which Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. In bleak November, Kent Gramm makes a pilgrimage to the most famous battleground in American history and over the course of a month transforms his search into a discovery of the meaning of Lincoln's elegy for America's identity.
"The month begins with things that perish. But ultimately, November is a journey of hope, as was Lincoln's journey to Gettysburg. So too I will journey to Gettysburg in these pages. Like Lincoln's fellow citizens, I go there to assuage personal grief, to find answers; and I hope, for me as for them, that my personal sorrows become a vehicle for larger answers and a larger purpose. Lincoln addressed their grief, why not mine; he gave his generation purpose, why not ours."
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A Victorian Englishman or a soldier's mother in Civil War America would not have found the idea of progress futile or ironic. Abraham Lincoln staked his ...
Like many of his comrades, he lies now in an unvisited soldier's grave— but it is in northern Minnesota, not in France. To his niece Ruth, ...
... of late-year light, as if we were passing one by one the distinct white stones marking places of the dead in the soldiers' cemetery at Gettysburg.
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We saw the grim batteries and weatherstained and dusty soldiers tramping into our leading streets There was some terrific fighting between the regulars ...
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