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Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address

Short Description

The Gettysburg Address, a few short lines originally scrawled on scratch paper, according to historians, is one of the most cherished speeches in U.S. history. Lincoln delivered the speech at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, months after Union armies won the decisive Battle of Gettysburg.

Remnant Trust Description

Rare first book-form publication of “one of the supreme utterances of the principles of democratic freedom,” Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. The Gettysburg Address, a few short lines scrawled, according to tradition, on scratch-paper and the backs of envelopes, is one of the most cherished documents in the history of the United States. On November 19, 1863, Lincoln arose after Edward Everett’s two-hour dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg and “delivered the ‘few appropriate remarks’ requested of him, and in ten sentences did unforgettable justice to the thousands of young Americans who had struggled with incredible bravery...”