While it will come as no surprise that the South wasn't that big a fan of the man they thought was going to take away their sovereignty and hide it in his big stovepipe hat, not a lot of history books deign to mention that President Abraham Lincoln's most iconic words weren't all that well-received by his own side either. For every glowing report of the Gettysburg Address, there were sterner voices who thought it was far too emotional and sappy for a world leader to talk that way. As noted by The Harrisburg Patriot And Union:
"We pass over the silly remarks of the President; for the credit of the Nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall no more be repeated or thought of."
That's a lot of shade to throw at a president who could probably literally have dunked on them. But It gets worse. None other than The Chicago Times published a review so scathing that even Roger Ebert would have found it a bit much:
"The cheeks of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and dishwatery utterances."
But how was the reaction in the South? Well, there wasn't really one. Most papers chose to ignore Lincoln's silly little rant, instead focusing on Edward Everett, the actual keynote speaker of the event, who droned on for a good two hours. How dare they disrespect Daniel Day-Lewis like that!