Gettysburg Address: Facts & Stories You've Never Heard

By Karen Harris
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America, making his famous speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery during the American Civil War. Painting by Fletcher C Ransom. Source: (Library of Congress)

The brief yet powerful speech that President Abraham Lincoln delivered on November 19, 1863, has become one of the most revered speeches in U.S. history. Most people know how the iconic speech starts, the memorable "Four score and seven years ago," but that may be the extent of their knowledge of the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln's words, presented as an official dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg, are still as relevant today as they were when they were spoken in Pennsylvania 156 years ago today. Let's look at the Gettysburg Address to uncover some facts and stories that you may not have heard before.