Patriot-News apologizes for 1863 editorial about President Lincoln’s ‘silly remarks’

The Harrisburg (PA) Patriot & Union pans the Gettysburg Address

Today’s correction:

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 Patriot-News editorial board blames “our predecessors” who wrote the review “perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time.”

* A Patriot-News editorial retraction: The Gettysburg Address (