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The Turning Point

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Resident Class of 2013 Class Print
By Richard Miller

Available in large, unframed version (23.5" x 30.5") or miniature (10" x 12") either framed or unframed. Commissioned by the Resident Class of 2013. Signed and numbered with a U.S. Army War College seal.

In November 1863, only four months after the end of the Battle of Gettysburg and as the Civil War waged on, President Abraham Lincoln visited the battlefield, where 40,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded during three days of intense fighting earlier in July. His visit was a somber one, to dedicate a new national cemetery. Both the outcome of the battle and this national consecration marked a turning point for the country, the war, and Lincoln’s prospects for reelection a year later. Lincoln’s address would follow the primary speaker Edward Everett’s two hour oratory, and was only two minutes in length -- so brief that the photographers weren’t prepared to even capture a photo. Lincoln’s eloquent and simple address was a solemn tribute and reconfirmation that the nation remained steadfast in its cause of unification and equality, and would ultimately prevail based upon this important strategic victory, and the change of tide in the war that Gettysburg had represented.

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