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Gettysburg Address
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Lincoln's most inspirational speech! What a marvelous find.

Hannibal Hamlin's cut content comment, Fallout 3

The Gettysburg Address was a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.


One of the most quoted speeches in United States history, it was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg.

Abraham Lincoln's carefully crafted address, secondary to other presentations that day, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as "a new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, and that would also create a unified nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant. Lincoln referred to the events of the Civil War and described the ceremony at Gettysburg as an opportunity not only to consecrate the grounds of a cemetery, but also to dedicate the living to the struggle to ensure that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth".

By 2277, the Gettysburg Address is found in Rivet City preserved by the Capitol Preservation Society. The text of the Gettysburg Address can be seen, in it entirety, inscribed on the south wall of the Lincoln Memorial.



Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

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Although it no longer serves any purpose, this item is still found in the game files for Fallout: New Vegas.


The Gettysburg Address appears only in Fallout 3


  1. Cut contentIcon cut.png The Lone Wanderer: "Are you interested in buying the Gettysburg Address?"
    Leroy Walker: "Conceived in liberty? I can't let those abolitionists get this. I'll give you 50 caps for it."
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  2. Cut contentIcon cut.png The Lone Wanderer: "I found the original Gettysburg Address. Want to buy it?"
    Hannibal Hamlin: "Lincoln's most inspirational speech! What a marvelous find. I'll pay you 75 caps for it."
    The Lone Wanderer: "You can do better than that. This is the Gettysburg Address we're talking about."
    Hannibal Hamlin: "Deal. We'll find a good place to display this."
    (Hannibal Hamlin's dialogue)