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“We cannot consecrate…”


Today marks the 150th anniversary of the address of President Lincoln to formally dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, i.e. the Gettysburg Address. A report of the dedicatory speeches – Lincoln wasn’t the main speaking attraction at the event – was commissioned by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and appeared in 1864 along with maps of the cemetery and the plot of the fallen soldiers of Pennsylvania.

This rare item is housed in Special Collections and has been digitized for your viewing convenience as part of the Pennsylvaniana collection:

Lincoln’s address is on page 110…




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Last Modified: November 19, 2013