150th of Gettysburg Address

November 19, marked 150 years since president Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln inspired a torn nation in 1863 with the speech, given at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg.

Many say the short speech was a turning point of the Civil War.

“What he did in two short minutes was really capture all of the history, all of the back-story, all of the sacrifice, and all of the future,” said Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research at Naper Settlement. “Because it was a blueprint for forgiveness and for moving on, healing the country and moving forward.”

There are five known copies of the address.

Two are at the library of congress in Washington, another is at the Lincoln Room of the White House, Cornell University in New York and the last is in Springfield in the Illinois State Historical Library.

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