The complete text of the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday, 19 November 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. One of the largest battles of the United States Civil War, with the greatest number of casualties of any battle of the war, had taken place 1–3 July 1863 in and around Gettysburg.
The handout is designed with classroom needs in mind. The text is set in easy-to-read, 11-point type. Lines of text are numbered for easy reference in classroom discussion. A lined section on the right side of the page provides space for the reader to take notes. (These lines use the same spacing as college-ruled notepaper.) The document's title as well as country and year of publication are clearly indicated. The handout is optimized for black-and-white printing and to save printer/photocopier ink/toner to reduce your printing costs.
A note about the text: Several versions of the Gettysburg Address exist. They differ in wording, punctuation, and structure. This transcript is based upon the version of the address inscribed on the south wall of the memorial chamber of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.