The Patriot-News Called the Gettysburg Address “Silly” in 1863
This is what the editors of the Harrisburg Patriot & Union–now the Patriot-News–wrote about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, five days after the fact.
We will not include in this category of heartless men the orator of the day; but evidently he was paralyzed by the knowledge that he was surrounded by unfeeling, mercenary men, ready to sacrifice their country and the liberties of their countrymen for the base purpose of retaining power and accumulating wealth. [His] oration was therefore cold, insipid, unworthy the occasion and the man. 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 be no more repeated or thought of.