Civil War Institute Director Emeritus quoted in Associated Press story

Civil War Institute Director Emeritus Gabor Borrit was mentioned in a story for the Associated Press, which was then picked up by news sources across the country. This story examines the exact wording of the Gettysburg Address and the discrepancies between various copies of it.

From the Associated Press:

Historian Gabor Boritt, author of "The Gettysburg Gospel," argues that a version discovered in 1908 among the papers of John M. Hay, Lincoln's assistant secretary, is the one from which the president read.

Perhaps the most important difference among the address's various permutations is the presence or absence of the phrase "under God."

Those words do not appear in either the Nicolay or Hay drafts, but they are present in the three other handwritten copies Lincoln produced for use in fundraising efforts.

Boritt, director emeritus of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, has concluded the recollection of the AP man, who died in 1924, "needs to be taken with a grain of salt."


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