Article courtesy of USA Today, Published March 22, 2013
A rare copy of the greatest presidential speech is back on public display.
One of five known manuscript drafts of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will be shown at the Library of Congress until May 4.
The draft, which begins with the immortal words “four score and seven years ago” and refers to “a new birth of freedom” in the latter years of the Civil War, once belonged to Lincoln aide John Hay.
From the Associated Press:
“It will be on display in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building from March 22 to May 4 as part of the ‘Civil War in America’ exhibition.
“That exhibition, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, will be extended until Jan. 4.
“The Hay copy is believed to be the second draft of the speech. Lincoln gave it to Hay, one of his two secretaries.”