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New Photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Scholar claims to have spotted the president in a crowd, his head bowed.


Abraham Lincoln's appearance at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, has been remembered in the roughly 270 ringing words he spoke that day and exactly one undisputed photograph.

But now, a scholar is claiming he has identified another image of Lincoln from that occasion: a tiny, dark-suited speck in a wide shot of the crowd, his head slightly bowed.

Christopher Oakley, a professor of new media at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, made the discovery, which was reported in the October issue of Smithsonian magazine, while working with a group of students on the Virtual Lincoln Project. That project, which includes a detailed digital reconstruction of the Gettysburg ceremony, involved looking at the nine known photographs from that day, as well as the roughly 130 known photographs of Lincoln from other occasions.

Full story in the New York Times

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