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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 01:17 am
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Might I suggest the book "Gettysburg Remembers..President Lincoln and Eyewitness Accounts of November 1863 by Linda Giberson Black.  Here's things I did not know:

1.  Everett memorized his entire 2 hour speech!  p.41

2.  Contrary to movies, i.e. Henry Fonda, Lincoln had a high pitched voice, maybe like the heavy set guy in the movie The Red Badge of Courage.  I think he would have sounded like Sam Waterson in the lawyer series on tv.

3.  The speech was interrupted by applause 5 times.  p45

As I said, one eyewitness put it perfectly:  "Only a few really understood the greatness of the words there and then spoken...What the crowd thought I do not know, but I do know what I thought, 'Well, Mr. Lincoln's speech was simple, appropriate, and right to the point, but I dont think there was anything remarkable about it..."

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