In an article published on Tuesday, November 19, Civil War Era studies professor Allen Guelzo shared his thoughts about Lincoln's perception of the Battle of Gettysburg as well as the Gettysburg Address.
From CBS News:
Civil War historian Allen Guelzo told CBSNews.com that the Battle of Gettysburg gave Lincoln confidence to give his address.
"For (Lincoln), Gettysburg was like a rainbow in the sky," Guelzo said. "It promised victory and by the end of the summer, Lincoln was feeling free to say peace did not seem so distant as it once did."
In the short oration, he spoke of how democracy itself rested upon "the proposition that all men are created equal," a profound and politically risky statement for the time. Slavery and the doctrine of states' rights would not hold in the "more perfect union" of Lincoln's vision.