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Dear Friends:  President Lincoln apparently wanted to heal the divisions associated with the Civil War through his Gettysburg address.  It is our impression that in many ways, our people, our country and our world are in a similar crisis.  We have therefore created this offering with the hope that Lincoln's words can again touch us with this healing message.  We invite you to share The Gettysburg Address with your friends to help accomplish this important mission

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 Abraham Lincoln
Our 16th president

 The Gettysburg Address
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The Gettysburg Address

Four score 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 battle-field 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 the nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not 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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The History of the Gettysburg Address

In June of 1863, the United States was involved in a civil war.  Confederate General Robert E. Lee invaded the North and met the Union troops in the bloodiest battle of the Civil War at Gettysburg.

The battle lasted for three days, and the Union troops did not yield.  Without sufficient troops to continue the battle, General Lee retreated to Virginia, leaving behind more than 3,000 dead.  Union losses were almost as heavy, numbering 2,500.  Most of the bodies were buried where they fell.

A few weeks after the battle, the governor of Pennsylvania walked over the battlefield and saw where rains had washed away the earth covering many of the fallen soldiers. He said the men who died so bravely should have a better resting place.

The governor said a new cemetery should be built for the bodies of the Union soldiers. He asked the northern states to help raise money. Within a month, there was money and work began almost immediately. 

The governor planned a ceremony to dedicate the Gettysburg cemetery. He invited governors and congressmen from each state in the Union and asked a former senator and governor of Massachusetts, Edward Everett, to give the dedication speech.

Abraham Lincoln

An invitation was also sent to President Lincoln asking him to come and say a few words. 

Lincoln agreed to do so. He felt it was his duty to go.  Perhaps his words might ease the sorrow over the loss of the soldiers and lift the spirit of the nation.

Lincoln did not have much time to work on his speech, and he left Washington by train on November eighteenth.  The train stopped in Baltimore and an old man came up and told the president that he had lost a son at Gettysburg. 

Extending his sympathy, Lincoln responded: "When I think of the sacrifices of life still to be offered, and the hearts and homes to be made lonely before this terrible war is over, my heart is like lead. I feel at times like hiding in a deep darkness."

Lincoln arrived at Gettysburg at sundown and had dinner. Then he went to his room and worked for several hours to complete his speech.

The next morning, riding a horse, Lincoln led the parade to the new cemetery where there was a huge crowd..  

The ceremonies began with a prayer. Then Edward Everett rose to speak.

Everett stood silent for a moment. He looked out across the battlefield and the crowds that now covered it. He began to talk about the Civil War and what had caused it. He told how northern cities would have fallen had Lee not been stopped at Gettysburg. He praised the men who had given their lives in the great battle.

Edward Everett

Everett spoke for almost two hours and closed his speech with the hope that the nation would come out of the war with greater unity than ever before.

Then Lincoln stood up. He looked out over the Gettysburg valley and then down at the papers in his hand. He began to read his address.  After he concluded, the crowd applauded for several minutes and then began to leave.

Lincoln turned to a friend and said his speech had been a failure. He said he should have prepared it more carefully.

Edward Everett did not agree. He said the president's speech was perfect. According to Everett, the president had said more in two minutes than he, Everett, had said in two hours.

Newspapers and other publications also praised Lincoln's address. One publication said: "The few words of the president were from the heart, to the heart. They cannot be read without emotion."

Abraham Lincoln went back to Washington that night feeling quite tired. Within a week, his secretary announced that he was suffering from smallpox.

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Notes About the Creation of this Recording


As an artist, I always look forward to the creative process of combining words and the musical note.

This is especially true when I have the opportunity to combine such masters as Lincoln and Dvorak, the composer of the musical theme we have used in this creation. 

It is therefore with great humility and honor that we have borrowed these meaningful words and music to share with you. 


For those of you unfamiliar with the Collecting Consort, we take the first part of our name from our desire to "collect" and share great works, whether they be the musical note or the written word.   

Since a "consort" is is a group coming together to unite in harmonious sound, we also "collect" other artists to join us in our creations.

.As usual, Anne has set a meaningful mood with her Celtic harp and keyboard.  However, if you listen closely, You will hear three other very fine musicians joining her.


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Our field drummer is professional percussionist, Timothy Lykins.  Tim has been a family friend for many years, and we have enjoyed watching his advancement in his profession. 

After a few emails and a phone call, Tim composed, performed and recorded the opening field drum cadence.  His expertise is well documented in this offering, and we appreciate his creative gift to this recording. 


Marcus Roy, echo trumpet   Andy Rausch, solo trumpet
(left speaker)                            (right speaker)

These two young men graduated from Greenville High School, Greenville, MI this past May.  They are products of the award winning music program there. 

Marcus will be entering Lansing Community College this fall to study photography, and Andy will study architecture and design at Ferris State University.  

We are grateful for their contribution to this creative endeavor. 

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