Framed Document: Gettysburg Battlefield Map
- Parchment document
- Approximately 11 X 15 inches
Depicting army positions of the battle of Gettysburg, this authentic reproduction is printed on antiqued parchment paper. As the battle waged over July 1, 2, and 3 of 1863, the Union and Confederate armies suffered the largest number of casualties of the entire war. This is often described as the war's turning point.
Ironically, Lincoln noted in his short, historic speech on November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here . . ."
In 1952, the chief of the Still Photo section at the National Archives, Josephine Cobb, discovered a glass plate negative taken by Mathew Brady of the speaker's stand at Gettysburg on the day of its dedication as a national cemetery. Edward Everett spoke from that stand later in the afternoon for two straight hours. Moments later, a tall, gaunt Abraham Lincoln stood up and delivered a 10-sentence speech in two minutes: the Gettysburg Address.