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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 705

After concluding his speech at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln boarded the 6:30 pm train for Washington, D.C.  He was feverish and weak, suffering from a severe headache.  A protracted illness followed, which included a vesicular rash, as doctors diagnosed the president’s illness as a mild case of smallpox.  

Despite the speech's prominent place within the history and culture of the United States, both the exact wording and location of the speech are today disputed.  There are five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address which differ in a number of details and also differ from contemporary newspaper reprints of the president’s speech.

Modern scholarship also locates the speakers' platform some forty yards from the traditional site within Soldiers' National Cemetery.  But the awesome implications of the president’s words have never been questioned.