Gettysburg Address Tricerat

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the most influential presidents the United States of America has ever known. Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Lincoln’s accomplishments are vast– he held multiple terms in the Illinois legislature before going on to become President and Commander in Chief during one of our country’s most volatile periods. He is credited with playing a key role in the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery in America and is the only US president to receive a patent. There is no doubt that President Lincoln was one of the most influential founders of our great nation, and one of the visionaries that propelled our country into greatness despite a time of internal unrest.

Spending the morning reviewing Lincoln’s accomplishments and inspirational speeches inspired us to consider a detail that is often overlooked: how were his manuscripts created, transported and protected? We spend our days here at Tricerat simplifying various aspects of data protection that didn’t exist when Lincoln was in office. There wasn’t an IT admin by his side to help secure his workstation, his manuscripts were hand-written and stored in his pocket and he certainly didn’t have a printer to create a backup copy.

Consider The Gettysburg Address

Arguably one of Lincoln’s most important speeches, the Gettysburg Address was delivered on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Lincoln traveled to the burial site of the war’s most pivotal battleground just four and a half months after the Union troops defeated the enemy Confederates. The given speech was short and concise, but in just 272 words (fewer than this blog post) Lincoln was able to appropriately address his view of the war and raise the spirits of the American people. The speech is considered to be one of the greatest ever given in American history.

Just five known original copies of the speech exist, each one penned by Lincoln himself.

One of the earliest copies of the address was written in ink and pencil on White House stationery and lined paper (he began writing in ink on formal stationery and finished up with a second sheet of lined paper and pencil, presumably en route to the dedication) and featured creases believed to be created when the speech was folded up and stored in his coat pocket. Significantly safer now, the documents are currently housed in the Library of Congress, encased in specially designed, temperature-controlled, sealed containers with argon gas in order to protect the documents from oxidation and continued deterioration.

Whew, now we feel better.

Protecting Data Then and Now: From Coat Pocket to the Cloud

In the days of Lincoln’s presidency, speeches and manuscripts of value were housed in desks and books in homes protected by armed guards– the same protection given to the president. However, President Lincoln was notoriously uncooperative with his protectors and the threat of natural and manmade disasters like fires and war made keeping the documents safe a difficult endeavor. Knowing the effect that the Gettysburg Address had on the country, and knowing its immense value today, we can’t help but feel anxious about the way it was managed in 1863.

Wouldn’t it be better protected by military-grade encryption on the cloud?

Although the Gettysburg Address’s value is immeasurable, it’s easy to compare it with your organization’s data. No one can stand to lose their data to a natural or man-made disaster but backing up and protecting copies is time-consuming and sometimes ineffective. Our backup solution makes it simple, and provides unrivaled worry-free cloud data protection.

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