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William V. Rathvon, a child eyewitness of The Gettysburg Address
William V. Rathvon, a child eyewitness of The Gettysburg Address (excerpt)
Performed by William V. Rathvon
February 12, 1938
 
This is the voice of William V. Rathvon, who as a nine-year-old boy watched and listened to Abraham Lincoln deliver his address at Gettysburg in November 1863. The story was told on February 12, 1938 and recorded on a 78 rpm. record. No other Gettysburg eyewitness is known to have recorded his memories in audio format.
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Last modified July 11, 2012