Gettysburg College (then Pennsylvania College) 1851 grad David Wills was mentioned in a July 1 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on gettysburg's history. Wills invited Lincoln to Gettysburg in 1863 to dedicate the National Cemetery -- a ceremony where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
From the Post-Gazette:
It is a matter of simple emotional survival to rationalize battles and wars, especially one pivotal three-day fight that resulted in at least 50,000 casualties, including the loss of 8,000 American lives.
How fortunate, then, that Gettysburg College graduate David Wills thought to invite President Abraham Lincoln to the November 1863 dedication in Wills' hometown to offer "a few appropriate remarks."