Harrisburg Patriot-News retracts anti-Gettysburg Address editorial

(WJLA) - On the doorstep of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's landmark Gettysburg Address, a newspaper that dismissed the speech as "silly" issued what it termed a long overdue retraction.

The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., which was then known as the Patriot & Union, originally panned the president's speech, which was delivered just after the end of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg.

"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," the paper's editorial board said at the time.

Obviously, as time has progressed, Lincoln's speech is revered as one of the greatest in history, and on Thursday, the paper officially retracted its position.

"In the editorial about President Abraham Lincoln's speech delivered Nov. 19, 1863, in Gettysburg, the Patriot & Union failed to recognize its momentous importance, timeless eloquence, and lasting significance. The Patriot-News regrets the error," the retraction reads.

Nov. 19 will mark 150 years since Lincoln delivered his address.