Well, it only took a century-and-a-half, but a newspaper in Pennsylvania is retracting a very critical review they published regarding President Lincoln’s now famous Gettysburg Address.

Via the Times Union:

It took 150 years, but a Pennsylvania newspaper said Thursday it should have recognized the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at the time it was delivered.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, about 35 miles northeast of Gettysburg, retracted a dismissive editorial penned by its Civil War-era predecessor, The Harrisburg Patriot & Union.

The president’s speech is now considered a triumph of American oratory.

The editorial dismissed Lincoln’s words as “silly remarks” deserving of a “veil of oblivion.”


The retraction can be read here, and amusingly echo the words of President Lincoln so many years ago.

Here is a portion:

Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives.

We write today in reconsideration of “The Gettysburg Address,” delivered by then-President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the greatest conflict seen on American soil. Our predecessors, perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time, called President Lincoln’s words “silly remarks,” deserving “a veil of oblivion,” apparently believing it an indifferent and altogether ordinary message, unremarkable in eloquence and uninspiring in its brevity.

Read the rest here…