Notes on the Gettysburg Address

Notes on the Gettysburg Address

The Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, or the "Gettysburg Address," is Lincoln's most famous speech.  He delivered the address on November 19, 1863, just four and one half months after the massive battle at the small Pennsylvania town.

Because it is perhaps Lincoln's most famous work and because it came to symbolize the American Civil War, it has often been reproduced in facsimile editions

Only the following five copies of the Gettysburg Address are now extant:

Nicolay Draft

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Images courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Hay Draft

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Images courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Bancroft Copy

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Images courtesy of Cornell University.

Everett Copy

  Everett copy 1  Everett copy 2

Images courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Bliss Copy

Bliss copy 1  Bliss copy 2  Bliss copy 3

Images courtesy of the White House Historical Association.

The Bliss Copy has been the source for most facsimile reproductions of the Gettysburg Address, because Lincoln provided a title and signed and dated this copy. 

The following images are reproductions of the Bliss Copy of the Gettysburg Address, rearranged from three pages to two:

Bliss facsimile 1  Bliss facsimile 2

Images courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. 

For more information on reproductions, see the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's page on Facsimile Documents.

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