|I've been reading a few books about Lincoln's trip to Gettysburg in November of 1863. Fascinating reading. We all know the stories about his stay, the procession to the dedication, his horse being too small, etc, but I could not find any real authority or opinion on just when the denouement or "ah-hah' moment arrived in America when it was realized that his speech was one for the ages and one of the great literature achievements of all time. I know there were 5 interruptions for applause and Everett's note days later, but most people came away disappointed for various reasons...too short, abrupt ending, bored after Everett's 2 hour speech, etc. Did his death cause a reappraisal of his speeches and closer look at the Dedication Address?
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