Good morning, it’s Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. On this date 158 years ago, Abraham Lincoln boarded a train in Washington that would take him to Gettysburg, the small Pennsylvania village stamped into the American consciousness the previous July.
The idea to invite the president there came from a local lawyer named David Wills, who had an agenda in mind — a vision is probably a better way to think about it — and it came to be. Moreover, his Nov. 2, 1863, letter of invitation seems to have inspired Lincoln’s thinking about what his remarks should convey.
“These grounds will be consecrated and…