HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) on Lincoln Memorial University (LMU)’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., will welcome Lincoln presenter Dennis Boggs for its annual Gettysburg program on Friday at 7 p.m.
The program entitled, “Lincoln at Gettysburg presents The Music of Gettysburg,” will commemorate the 150th anniversary of what would become one of the most famous speeches ever delivered by an American President. Boggs will portray President Lincoln. The program will also feature musicians and re-enactors Bill White and Steve Coffey as well as LMU student Mallory Tucker.
White, Coffey and Tucker will perform Civil War music and interact with Boggs as Lincoln. The centerpiece of the program will once again be the re-enactment of the Gettysburg Address. No one speech said so much about the national identity and ideals than this famous piece by President Lincoln.
The three-day Battle of Gettysburg left thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers dead or injured. The debris of battle was left to the victors to take care of. Area residents opened their homes to the injured and surgeons worked day and night treating wounded soldiers. The small town of Gettysburg became a huge burial ground. Burial details - both military and civilian - began the gruesome job of interring many of the soldiers killed on the battlefield.
Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin placed local attorney David Wills in charge of forming an interstate commission to deal with the post-battle difficulties Gettysburg faced. In the fall of 1863, Wills planned a ceremony to dedicate the lands chosen to become the soldiers’ permanent burial site. A keynote address was planned by Edward Everett, one of the 19th Century’s foremost orators. Only a few weeks prior to the November 19 dedication date, President Lincoln received an invitation to deliver “a few appropriate remarks” of consecration. Those remarks consisting of a mere 272 words now stand in history as one of Lincoln’s most famous speeches and the introduction of an American ideal of national pride he considered “a new birth of freedom” for the broken nation.
Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children. Admission is free for LMU employees and students with their University id. For more information or to reserve seating, contact Program and Tourism Director Carol Campbell at 423.869.6439.
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.