Pennsylvania paper retracts editorial panning Gettysburg Address

In advance of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, retracted an editorial from 1863 dismissing Lincoln’s speech.

“Our predecessors, perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time, called President Lincoln’s words ‘silly remarks,’ deserving ‘a veil of oblivion’,” the newspaper said.

“The Patriot-News regrets the error.”