- Posted December 4, 2013 by
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Wartburg College history professor Terrence Lindell reads Lincoln's inspirational 272-word speech by the grave of Edward Tyrrell, a lieutenant who was killed at Vicksburg on May 22, 1863 in an assault on Confederate defenses.
Tyrrell, who enlisted as a volunteer in Co. G, Ninth Iowa Infantry in 1861, was the only officer from Bremer County, Iowa, to die on in combat during the Civil War. His remains were initially buried at Vicksburg, but after the war his sergeant and a friend of his, Floyd Foster, brought them to Waverly where he rests in peace at Harlington Cemetery.
Lincoln's most eloquent speech was delivered on Nov. 19 1863, at the dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA., where the casualties of the July 1863 battle of Gettysburg were buried.
Read more about Tyrrell in tomorrow's paper. Akd, the iRoving Reporter who lives her beat