Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the role of keynote speaker. Other events include a reading of the Gettysburg address by a Lincoln portrayer. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also plans to attend the ceremony.
Lincoln delivered the immortal words of the address at a dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863, more than four months after the Civil War’s pivotal battle. More than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg are buried there.