The Reviews Are In

A few choice contemporary responses to the Gettysburg Address:

Chicago Times: ”The cheeks of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and dishwatery utterances.”

Harrisburg Patriot and Union: ”We pass over the silly remarks of the President; for the credit of the Nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall no more be repeated or thought of.”