Gettysburg Address at 150

Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. 

President Lincoln offered his brief remarks at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, PA on November 19, 1863. After a two-hour oration by Edward Everett, the President stood to offer a statement lasting just 2 minutes.  "On the day following the ceremony, Everett himself wrote to Lincoln, 'I wish that I could flatter myself that I had come as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.'" (from Britannica.com

Only 5 known handwritten copies of Lincoln's address have survived. View images at The Library of Congress or at OurDocuments.gov

The Gettysburg Address, along with Lincoln's second inaugural address, is inscribed on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial. Take a virtual tour of the Memorial here: http://www.nps.gov/featurecontent/ncr/linc/interactive/deploy/index.htm#/introduction

Learn more about about Gettysburg, PA here: http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm

5 Things to Know about the Gettysburg Address from USA Today

 

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