The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in the history of the United States. It was delivered by the President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 during the American Civil War. The speech came after other presentations on the day and was very brief, at just 10 sentences and 272 words long, and was delivered in just 2 minutes. However, it became the most quoted speech in American history and is widely regarded as one of the greatest speeches in history.
The speech was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (within the general cemetery known as the Gettysburg National Cemetery). This Cemetery is located where the Battle of Gettysburg took place, near the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The speech was delivered from a temporary platform that had been built for the dedication ceremony, which over 10,000 people attended.
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There is some dispute about the exact wording of the speech because there are five known manuscripts of the address that all have slight differences.
On the train trip to attend Gettysburg, Lincoln reported that he was feeling unwell. During the speech he showed further signs of illness and on the return trip he developed a fever and severe headache. Later he developed a rash and was diagnosed with a mild case of smallpox!