Gettysburg Address

On this day (Nov. 19th) 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. He wasn’t the main speaker at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg. That honor went to Hon. Edward Everett who spoke for over 2 hours. Lincoln’s address was only 3 minutes long but was better at expressing how the country was feeling about our war dead.

Five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address differ in a number of details and also differ from contemporary newspaper reprints of the speech. Lincoln gave a copy to each of his private secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay and those still exist in the Library of Congress. The other 3 manuscript versions were written by Lincoln for charitable purposes after the speech. Of these versions, one written well after the speech is viewed by most as the standard text. That copy is one display in the Lincoln room at the White House. It is also the version that is inscribed at the Lincoln Memorial.

The video below is a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Jeff Daniels. It is the version that is inscribed at the Lincoln Memorial.