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Second Draft of the Gettysburg Address
Shown here in Lincoln's own hand, the Gettysburg Address was only two minutes long

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President Lincoln Delivered the Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863

A very famous speech starts "Four Score and seven years ago . . ." Do you know what speech it is? On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the end of the ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. That speech has come to be known as the Gettysburg Address. In it, Lincoln paid tribute to the Union soldiers who sacrificed their lives for union and equality. Lincoln had no idea at the time how famous his short speech would become.
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