Lincoln did not formulate this idea without care. His friend and Washington journalist Noah Brooks said that the Gettysburg address “was actually written, and rewritten a great many times” (Dodge 52). Writing the address countless times indicates that Lincoln did not find it easy to be, as his friend and former associate Joshua Speed said, “prepared to say some appropriate thing” (Fehrenbacher 412). Speed also testifies that despite the likelihood that presidential duties would prevent Lincoln from attending the dedication of Gettysburg’s national cemetery, he was “anxious to go” (Fehrenbacher 412). The war may not have been over, but that fact did not underscore the importance of the battle, nor was it lost on Lincoln. It could not have been easy to find words for one of the most decisive battles of the war–both to that point and as a whole. Lincoln could only have found it beneficial, then, to speak candidly on what he felt the dedication of Gettysburg should entail, resulting in an address “concise and simple, barren of the florid language which would demonstrate the speaker’s passionate response to the occasion” (Apthorp 2234). As Lincoln himself said to the crowd that gathered at Gettysburg that day, “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here” (Lincoln 2234). Essentially, the legacy of Gettysburg would last long beyond the end of the dedication ceremony and the end of the war. It would, in fact, last forever.