After 150 years, a Pennsylvania newspaper submitted a formal apology that it should have recognized the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address when it was first delivered.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg apologized for an editorial that dismissed the address’ “silly remarks”, since it is now considered one of the most notable speeches in American history.
The famous review has been used as an example of how journalists can sometimes miss history being made before them.
During the Civil War, the paper had been in a firm stance against Lincoln.
The previous editorial also called for a “veil of oblivion” to be cast over the speech.
The paper said it regretted not seeing the speech’s “momentous importance, timeless eloquence and lasting significance”.
An event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the address will be carried out on Tuesday in Gettysburg.