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Will's House, Where Lincoln Wrote His Gettysburg Address

Creator:
Tichnor Bros., Inc.
Location:
Massachusetts, Boston
Origin Date:
1940
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 3 3/8 in x 5 7/16 in
Item ID:
71.2009.083.2371
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Cartoons, Broadsides & Ephemera

Description

This linen postcard features the David Wills house in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where President Lincoln put the finishing touches on the speech he would be giving for the dedication of the new National Cemetery. David Wills was a prominent attorney living in Gettysburg and who was tasked with designing the National Cemetery. Wills invited President Lincoln to speak at the dedication ceremony on November 19, 1863. Wills along with two others are all depicted standing on the steps. A woman and two children are shown about to turn the corner of the house. A horse and buggy are depicted stopped by the front door. The postcard reverse is divided and has narrative text printed on the left side. A handwritten note in black ink to Barney Barton of Foxboro, Massachusetts, is also on the left side. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum