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It was a cloudy November day in 1863 when thousands gathered to hear renowned orator Edward Everett dedicate a national cemetary at the site of a pivotal battle early in July of that year. Also present to deliver â€œa few appropriate remarksâ€ was the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln spoke but 278 words; Everett later wrote to the President, â€œI should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.â€ Though there are surviving transcripts of Everettâ€™s lengthly speech, it is Lincolnâ€™s words which have come to be known as â€œThe Gettysburg Addressâ€
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