Pa. paper: Sorry for panning Gettysburg AddressNovember 14, 2013 @ 7:43 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - 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 retraction, which echoes Lincoln's now-familiar language, said the newspaper's November 1863 coverage was wrong when it described the speech as "silly remarks" that deserved a "veil of oblivion."
The paper now says it regrets the error of not seeing its "momentous importance, timeless eloquence and lasting significance."
"By today's words alone, we cannot exalt, we cannot hallow, we cannot venerate this sacred text, for a grateful nation long ago came to view those words with reverence, without guidance from this chagrined member of the mainstream media," the paper wrote, echoing the words of the address.
Separately, the paper also recounted how it covered the dedication of the national cemetery ( http://bit.ly/1aVGGLS), nearly five months after the pivotal battle in which federal forces repelled a Confederate Army advance from Virginia into Pennsylvania. More than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in the battle are buried there.
During the Civil War, the Patriot & Union was a Democratic newspaper that was staunchly opposed to Lincoln.
An event to remember the 150th anniversary of the speech is scheduled for Tuesday in Gettysburg.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Danny O'Neil offers his retort to a column that blames Denver's loss on overtime rules
Add Life to Their Days
How a local nurse plans to ease the pain of saying 'goodbye'
The Seahawks have the NFL's single biggest difference maker
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.