President Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address in 1863 following the Civil War battle held in Gettysburg, Pa. The president gave this speech at the dedication of the cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863.
Lincoln was one of two speakers at the Gettysburg dedication. Edward Everett, a noted orator of the times, spoke for two hours. Lincoln delivered his speech in just two minutes. Although he put considerable thought into his speech, Lincoln did not believe the world would remember his words. On the contrary, the Gettysburg Address is known as one of the most elegant and well-known speeches in American history.
There are five known handwritten copies of the Gettysburg Address. The Bliss copy has been reproduced the most and is the only known copy to be signed and dated by Lincoln.