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Abraham Lincoln's most famous speech and one of the most quoted political speeches in United States history, was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg.
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There are several sources of the speech: Five known manuscript copies of the Gettysburg Address are each named for the associated person who received it from Lincoln below. All versions differ in their wording, punctuation, and structure.
- Gettysburg Address (1863), Nicolay draft
- Gettysburg Address (1863), Hay draft
- Gettysburg Address (1864), Everett copy
- Gettysburg Address (1864), Bancroft copy
- Gettysburg Address (1864), Bliss copy
- Gettysburg Address (1922), inscribed on the southern interior wall at the Lincoln Memorial
- Inauguration of the Gettysburg Cemetery (1863), report in the Daily Illinois State Journal