The basic draft of the Gettysburg Address was written by President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C. On the evening of Nov. 18, 1863 Lincoln made final changes to the speech at the home of Gettysburg attorney David Willis.
The speech was delivered on Nov. 19, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pa. There are five known copies of the speech in Lincoln's handwriting. Two were composed before the actual delivery of the address, three others were completed later for various military benefit events. The steady, even hand of Lincoln's script is evidence that rumors that the speech was written on the train from the nation's capitol to Gettysburg are probably unfounded.