Everett And Lincoln's Speeches

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    The proceedings began with the U.S. house chaplain, the Reverend Thomas H. Stockholm offering a prayer while thousands stood in silence.  Mr. Everett was then introduced.  He stood up and in silence took in the beauty around him.  A few moments later he began his speech.  (Sandburg 443)  

    Although Mr. Everett did not arrive until noon, he had been in Gettysburg for three days to study the battleground to ensure precision in his speech.  Also interesting is Everett ran for Vice President with John Bell of Tennessee against Lincoln and now they met face to face.  (Barondess 38)  Everett was a man of precision and his speech reflected this.  He gave an outline of how the war began, distinctive features of the battles,  made references to the ancient Athens, and also did not read at all from his manuscript.  (Randall 309)  Altogether Everett's speech was just short of two hours, probably much too long for an audience who had been tired from traveling and who were weary for standing on their feet.  (Sandburg 444)  Everett's speech was both lengthy and perfection.  Lincoln however approached the subject much differently.  He was mindful of the fact that the country was still at war and would most likely battle again.  This in mind, Lincoln went beyond the battle lines and hatred, and went straight to the heart of what he believed mattered, the sacred union.  ( Randall 310)  It is said that Lincoln rose and gave his speech with his manuscript in one hand which he occasionally glanced at.  This two-minute long speech became known as the Gettysburg Address. (Sandburg 444) The unexpected shortness in length shocked the audience.  They were surprised when Lincoln finished before it seemed he had begun.  Lincoln already believed his address had not met the standards of the occasion and the crowd's response only added to his fear.  Very  few actually heard what Lincoln said, for many were preoccupied.  A few took note of a photographer, whom was to photograph Lincoln speaking.  By the time he prepared and set up his equipment, Lincoln had already finished and sat back down in his seat.  The "dismay of the cameraman was so acute that the crowd was provoked to laughter."  (Barondess 41)