TITLE: Hay Copy of Gettysburg Address on Display
SPEAKER: Michelle Krowl
EVENT DATE: 03/22/2013
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 1 minutes
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The Library of Congress displays the John Hay copy of the Gettysburg Address for six weeks, from March 22 to May 4, in its "Civil War in America" exhibition. The John Hay copy of the address is one of five known manuscript drafts. The Hay copy is considered the second draft, made by Lincoln shortly after his return to Washington from Gettysburg. Lincoln gave the copy to Hay, one of his two secretaries. His other secretary was John Nicolay, and the presumed first draft is known as the Nicolay copy. Hay's descendants donated both the Hay and the Nicolay copies to the Library of Congress in 1916.
Speaker Biography: Michelle Krowl is the Civil War and Reconstruction specialist in the Library's Manuscript Division and one of the curators of "The Civil War in America" exhibition.