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town in southern Pennsylvania, U.S., 1800 (earlier it was Gettys-town), founded 1780s by Gen. James Gettys and named for him. Civil War battle there was fought July 1-3, 1863. The Gettysburg Address was given Nov. 19, 1863, and was being called that by 1865, though before Lincoln’s assassination the term tended to refer to Edward Everett’s full oration that preceded Lincoln’s short speech.