Produced by Jay Allison
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Quest for Sound curator Jay Allison unearthed
a unique recording: 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 in 1938 and recorded on a
78 r.p.m. record.
A family in Pallatine, Illinois shared this recording with us via our Quest
for Sound phone line. Rathvon was a distant relative. No other
Gettysburg eyewitness is known to have recorded their memories on record.
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