Dec 30, 2009
T he world will little note,
nor long remember what we
say here, but it can never
Sacrif ice at Gett ysburg
forget what they did here.
It is for us the living,
rather, to be dedicated
here to the unfinished
work which they who
fought here have thus far
so nobly advanced.
Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863
by Adrienne B. Lieberman & Syd Lieberman
told by Syd Lieberman
Abraham &Isaac: Sacr if ice at Get t ysburg This is a true story.
Many people helped us shape it. Richard Moe’s The Last Full Measure
1. November 18, 1863 The President’s train arrived in Gettysburg, introduced us to Isaac and Henry Taylor and their First Minnesota Volunteers.
Ruth Bauer Anderson of the Minnesota Historical Society directed us to
Pennsylvania. modern sources on the battle. Professors Richard Carwardine and James
McPherson read earlier drafts of our story with expert eyes. Gettysburg guide
2. November 1860–September 1862 Private Isaac Taylor, stationed Larry Wallace helped us see Gettysburg as it had been in 1863.
on the Potomac, traded sporadic fire with the enemy and waited
Civil War era music arranged by Howard Levy
for a real battle. Piano, penny whistle, harmonica, and mandolin—Howard Levy
Guitar and banjo—John T. Rice
3. 1862–1863 Father Abraham visited wounded soldiers in Trumpet and flugel horn—Victor J. Garcia
military hospitals, where he thanked them for their sacrifice. Field drums, bass drum, and cymbals—Ernie Adams
4. June 1863 Isaac marched north. As the armies approached, Story and music recorded at Levyland Studios in Evanston, Illinois
Produced by Howard Levy and Joel Fox
Gettysburg’s residents cowered or fled. The President hoped the Engineered by Joel Fox
upcoming battle would end the war.
Design by Darlene Grossman
5. July 1–3, 1863 On the moonlit night of July 1st, Isaac and his For more information: sydlieberman.com
brother Henry camped near Gettysburg and spoke of the battle Cover photograph of Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Gardner,
they expected the next day. November 8, 1863, Washington, D.C., courtesy of Library of Congress
Tintype of Henry and Isaac Taylor by unknown photographer, c. 1861,
6. July 4, 1863–November 1863 After the three-day battle, both courtesy of Gettysburg National Military Park
armies abandoned Gettysburg.
Minnesota memorial urn photograph by Adrienne B. Lieberman
7. November 19, 1863 Abraham Lincoln finally rose to speak. © 2008 All Rights Reserved