Pennsylvania paper retracts editorial panning Gettysburg Address

In advance of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, retracted an editorial from 1863 dismissing Lincoln’s speech.

“Our predecessors, perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time, called President Lincoln’s words ‘silly remarks,’ deserving ‘a veil of oblivion’,” the newspaper said.

“The Patriot-News regrets the error.”

Lincoln’s Letter to Young George Patten

In 1861, less than a month before the start of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln took a moment to write a letter confirming that he had indeed met a young George Patten the year before in Springfield, Illinois. George’s classmates hadn’t believed his story about meeting the President of the United States and had mocked him, prompting his teacher to write to the White House to settle the matter.

Lincoln’s reply reads: “Whom it may concern, I did see and talk with master George Evans Patten, last May, at Springfield, Illinois. Respectfully, A Lincoln”

Abraham Lincoln's Letter to George Patten, confirming their meeting

The letter was sold to a private collector for $60,000.

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