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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Gettysburg Address's seven-score-and-seven-year anniversary

By Melissa Bell
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Gettysburg National Battlefield, 2008. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Seven score and seven years ago, (a.k.a. 147 years ago), Abraham Lincoln made his great rallying speech on the battlefield a few months after the clash of Union and Confederate troops that left 7,500 soldiers and 5,000 horses dead. Follow The Post's Civil War coverage here.

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A harvest of death, Gettysburg, July, 1863 (Timothy O'Sullivan/Library of Congress)
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The first draft of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It is written on one side of two sheets of paper in ink. Most of the concluding sentence is written in pencil. Click photo to enlarge. (AP)
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The home of a Rebel sharpshooter, Gettysburg. (Alexander Gardner)
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The Blue and the Gray at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1913. (Library of Congress/AP)
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President Woodrow Wilson at the Gettysburg Reunion of July 1913. (Bain News Service)
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Lincoln Memorial in Washington, 2009. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

And, just because it rules:

By Melissa Bell  | November 19, 2010; 10:29 AM ET
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Comments

In the photo of the dead soldier at Gettysburg, the photographer Gardner proped the rifle himself and took the picture.

Posted by: CubsFan | November 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Residents of Gettysburg bitterly complained to the army that three months after the battle, unburied dead still littered the battlefield.

Excellent speech. I'd like to hear it re-enacted with a voice historians and physicians believe is accurate to Lincoln's and delivered as it would have been to a large crowd without a public address system.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 19, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

One of the greatest speeches ever given. Now more than ever this speak rings so true. Everyone of use should send us to the Representatives we have elected. They need to be reminded that they represent the people and not their political party. Mr Lincoln was a man a head of his time.

Posted by: Ambler59 | November 19, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMMzY1KJVeo&feature=related
While fighting against the proposed casino project just 1/2 mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park, we have put together Ken Burns, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, Matthew Broderick, Sam Waterston, Stephen Lang, and Medal of Honor recipient Paul W. Bucha to recite the Gettysburg Address. The powerful music was provided by five-time Oscar©-winning composer John Williams.

Posted by: savegettysburg | November 20, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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