Gettysburg Address edition
- Lincoln did not write the speech on the back of an envelope during the train ride to Gettysburg- he worked on the speech in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, making minor alterations after arriving in Gettysburg
- “Under God” is in the original speech. Secularists enjoy speculating Lincoln omitted those words, but three separate newspaper transcriptions include them- the reporters were in the crowd that day.
- There is no photograph of Lincoln giving the speech- the one known photo captures Lincoln returning to his seat after speaking… a recent discovery may show Lincoln before the speech.
- Lincoln composed the address without speechwriters. This is one of the few Presidential speeches where this can be positively asserted.
- The exact spot of the address is still in doubt. Scholars now acknowledge that both commemorative plaques in the National Cemetery are incorrect.