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Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, November 19, 1863
Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, November 19, 1863
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On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Lincoln had been invited to give a "few appropriate remarks" during a ceremony to dedicate a cemetery for Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. Despite its brevity and the fact that it earned little attention at the time, the Gettysburg Address is considered one of Lincoln's greatest speeches.

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Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

Abraham Lincoln gave copies of the Gettysburg Address to each of his private secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay.

Edward Everett, the orator who spoke at Gettysburg for two hours prior to Lincoln, expressed his admiration for the Gettysburg Address by writing to Lincoln that "I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes."

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The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

This collection contains eleven items related to the Gettysburg Address, including broadsides and newspaper articles.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and other Printed Ephemera

This collection includes a reproduction of Lincoln's first draft of the Gettysburg address and a lithograph of a portrait of Lincoln by Robert Fawcett. Another reproduction provides a copy of the program outlining the order of events from the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863.

The Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry

Contains an 1898 sound recording of W.F. Hooley reading the Gettysburg Address.

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Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find hundreds of newspaper articles that discuss the Gettysburg Address.

A selection of articles about the Gettysburg Address includes:


American Treasures of the Library of Congress - The Gettysburg Address

Includes the first draft of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln's official invitation to Gettysburg, the only known photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg, and Edward Everett's letter complimenting Lincoln on his speech.

The Gettysburg Address

Presents drafts of the Gettysburg Address and related documents.

Today in History

November 19, 1863

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.

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The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Association

The Gettysburg Address, Cornell University Library Rare & Manuscripts Collection

Our Documents, the Gettysburg Address, National Archives and Records Administration

Selected Bibliography

Boritt, G. S. The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. [Catalog Record]

Johnson, Martin P. Writing the Gettysburg Address. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013. [Catalog Record]

Klement, Frank L. The Gettysburg Soldiers' Cemetery and Lincoln's Address: Aspects and Angles. Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Pub. Co., 1993. [Catalog Record]

Kunhardt, Philip B., Jr. A New Birth of Freedom: Lincoln at Gettysburg. Boston: Little, Brown, 1983. [Catalog Record]

Mearns, David C., and Lloyd A. Dunlap, eds. Long Remembered: Facsimiles of the Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address in the Handwriting of Abraham Lincoln. Washington, Library of Congress, 1963. [Catalog Record]

Warren, Louis Austin. Lincoln's Gettysburg Declaration: A New Birth of Freedom. Fort Wayne, Lincoln National Life Foundation, 1964. [Catalog Record]

Wills, Garry. Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Burgan, Michael.The Gettysburg Address. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006. [Catalog Record]

Feinberg, Barbara Silberdick. Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Four Score and More. Brookfield, Conn.: Twenty-First Century Books, 2000. [Catalog Record]

Olson, Steven P. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. New York: Rosen Central Primary Source, 2005. [Catalog Record]

Price Hossell, Karen. The Gettysburg Address. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2006. [Catalog Record]

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