Movie-A-Day #323: Gettysburg (1993).
On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, still the most famous piece of American oratory. It was short, direct and powerful, generations of schoolchildren have had to memorize it ever since. The speech was a commemoration for the more than 50,000 soldiers who died at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania during the Civil War. That bloody and decisive battle was also the subject of “Gettysburg,” which gives the conflict the epic treatment it deserves.