Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address 156 years ago this month. A handwritten copy of one of Lincoln’s most famous speeches is now on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
According to Ian Hunt, director of acquisitions at the Lincoln museum, the document is one of just five surviving copies written by Lincoln himself.
Hunt told “The 21st” talk show the Gettysburg Address is so remarkable — in part, because it’s a history lesson.
“President Lincoln is reminding us that 87 years before, in 1776, the forefathers of our country had laid down this concept for our nation, that we were going to be one based on liberty, and that we were dedicated to this proposition that all men are created equal,” said Hunt.
The speech goes on to honor the sacrifice of Union soldiers buried at a national cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Hunt said Lincoln’s speech became famous because of its beauty, poetry and elegance.
“And then he basically reminds the country, that what we are doing is, we are fighting not only to reunify this nation, to make us whole again, but we are fighting to ensure freedom — a new birth of freedom,” said Hunt.
The Gettysburg address will be on display at the Lincoln museum in Springfield through December 2.