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Gettysburg Address On Display

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Thursday, June 27, 2013by millie.lange

Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address -- 272 words that rang out in remembrance of fallen soldiers -- is one of America’s greatest speeches. To mark the 150th anniversary of the speech and the battle that inspired it, a handwritten copy will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from June 27 until late November. Lincoln delivered his now-famous remarks November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Soldiers’ Cemetery. More than 50,000 men were killed or wounded July 1-3 at Gettysburg, the largest battle in North American history. Dr. Mark DePue will give a presentation about the battle July 2 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, part of his Civil War sesquicentennial presentations on key battles. The free presentation takes place at 7 p.m.

Lincoln wrote out five copies of his address, each slightly different. The version owned by the state of Illinois is the “Edward Everett copy,” which Lincoln gave to the orator, scholar and politician who also spoke at the Gettysburg dedication. The handwritten copy will be on display in the Museum’s Treasures Gallery, accompanied by two extremely rare printed versions of the address. They are being displayed for the first time.