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Through Nov. 20: 'Gettysburg Address'

Library hosts exhibition on '150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address'


8:57 a.m., Sept. 13, 2013--The University of Delaware Library has announced the exhibition “The 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address," which will be on view in the Information Room on the first floor of the Morris Library through Nov. 20.

July 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought from July 1-3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pa., between Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War.

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The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point.

Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, effectively ending Lee's invasion of the North. 

On the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery, four and one-half months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history, known forever after as the Gettysburg Address.

The exhibition displays an early book printing of the Gettysburg Address and other items from the Lincoln Collection in the University of Delaware Library Special Collections.

The exhibition was curated by Timothy Murray, head of the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library.

About the Special Collections

Holdings of Special Collections of the University of Delaware Library include books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera and realia from the 15th to the 21st century. The collections complement the library's general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; English, Irish and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; and history of science and technology.

The University of Delaware Archives is separately administered and comprises University records and history of the institution.

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