Newspaper Apologizes For Negative Review Of Gettysburg Address

Nov 14, 2013

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A Pennsylvania newspaper says it's sorry it didn't recognize the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 150 years ago.  

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg on Thursday 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. But the retraction notes the newspaper's November 1863 coverage said it amounted to ``silly remarks'' that deserved a ``veil of oblivion.''  

The paper now says it ``regrets the error'' of not seeing the speech's ``momentous importance, timeless eloquence and lasting significance.''  
An event to remember the 150th anniversary of the speech is scheduled for Tuesday in Gettysburg.