The whisper of his ax

Parshall, Gerald
October 1992
U.S. News & World Report;10/5/92, Vol. 113 Issue 13, p76
States that while myth teaches that Abraham Lincoln scribbled his 272-word Gettysburg masterpiece on the back of an envelope during the train trip from Washington, he actually wrote a large part of the message on White House stationary before leaving for the Pennsylvania battlefield, after almost surely brooding about it for weeks. Lincoln's communication in his speeches; How he sharpened his prose.


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