One of just five surviving copies of the Gettysburg Address handwritten by Abraham Lincoln himself will be on display later this month in Springfield.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will display the copy of the famous speech in its Treasures Gallery from Nov. 13-26.
“The Gettysburg Address expressed what the Civil War was really about and, therefore, what America is all about: ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people,’” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “A handwritten copy of that speech is a physical link to that key moment in history. We’re proud to offer everyone a chance to see it for themselves.”
The display is part of the Lincoln library's efforts to celebrate the Nov. 19, 1863 efforts to commemorate the address.