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Finally, after Edward Everett's long oration, President Lincoln rose to speak. Eyewitness accounts vary widely about the crowd's reaction, but Pennsylvania Governor Curtin maintained, "He pronounced that speech in a voice that all the multitude heard. The crowd was hushed into silence because the President stood before them...It was so Impressive! It was the common remark of everybody. Such a speech, as they said it was!"

The actual place Lincoln spoke has been a matter of dispute. It was not in the new National Cemetery, but rather on the grounds of the adjacent town cemetery near this photo location.

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