Just under 150 years ago, President Lincoln spoke 267 words which came to be known as the Gettysburg Address. The speech is perhaps the best known in all of American history, but the morning after Lincoln delivered it, the Harrisburg Patriot & Union newspaper dismissed the speech in an editorial:
“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.”
This week, the paper’s descendent the Harrisburg Patriot-News has printed a retraction.
Of course, Lincoln himself didn’t exactly know the enormity of his words. After all, part of the speech states:
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.