On November 17, Reuters ran an article, calling Lincoln's Gettysburg Address a powerful second act to the dedication of the National Cemetery. Civil War Era Studies Professor Allen Guelzo was quoted in the story, and his book on the battle of Gettysburg was mentioned.
Proof of the importance the event's organizers placed on Everett, a former Massachusetts governor and senator, is the fact that they delayed the ceremony by several weeks to ensure he could attend, said Allen Guelzo, a professor of Civil War-era studies at Gettysburg College and author of "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion."
Lincoln was formally invited only two weeks before the ceremony.
"Lincoln never called it the Gettysburg Address," Guelzo said. "Lincoln ... provided the actual dedication address of the cemetery. (But) Everett did the big oration explaining everything."