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Monday, November 19, 2012

If You Think Lincoln's Speech at Gettysburg Was Short

I'm always amused when I look back at the rather restrained press coverage of Lincoln's Gettysburg address at this time of year--it happened on this date in 1863.  The NYT, for example, focused on other speakers and the weather, and after reprinting all of the key speeches, including Lincoln's, added only this comment:

"Three cheers were then given for the President and the Governors of the States. After the delivery of the addresses, the dirge and the benediction closed the exercises, and the immense assemblage separated at about 4 o'clock."   It then explained that the president soon return to D.C. by train while many others were stuck in humble lodgings in Gettysburg. 

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