Gettysburg Address (Everett Copy), November 19, 1863

Abraham Lincoln, Brady image, 1863
There are five versions of the Gettysburg Address in Abraham Lincoln's handwriting. The president prepared the so-called "Everett Copy" in February 1864 at the request of former US senator Edward Everett, who had been the main orator on November 19th, and with the intention of selling copies of it, along with a lithographed copy of Everett's manuscript for his two-hour speech for the New York Sanitary Fair. What is most unique about this version of the Address is that it is the first one prepared in Lincoln's hand which contains the phrase "under God" in the final sentence. The Everettt Copy is now held by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, IL (By Matthew Pinsker)

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Abraham Lincoln, Draft of the Gettysburg Address: Everett Copy, Henry Horner Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Illinois State Preservation Agency
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  Speech
Date Certainty
  Exact
Transcriber
  Transcribed by John Osborne, Dickinson College
Transcription date
  11/05/2013

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