The panning: "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 be no more repeated or thought of."
President Lincoln himself said: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."
I suppose they both were wrong.
In his eulogy of the president in 1965 Senator Charles Sumner said: "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech."