I have posted the beginning portions of the essay on this website, under the "Freelance" tab (or you may find it by clicking here), but I plan on self-publishing the entire piece in printed book form, sometime in December. My plan is to make the book available in local bookstores in York and Adams counties, Pennsylvania, and it will definitely be available on Amazon. Stay tuned for publication details.
For now, enjoy the portion that I have posted, which introduces background material related to Lincoln's famous address, and information pertaining to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, a location that Lincoln visited while riding across the fields where, on July 1, 1863, nearly 16,000 soldiers became casualties during the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Among those soldiers was Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, a personal acquaintance of Lincoln's, and the highest-ranking officer killed during the three-day battle. The impact of Lincoln having visited these sites is clear, and even inspired him to make last-moment emendations to his speech at the dedication of Solders' National Cemetery.
In addition to these materials, feel free to read my two other pieces on the Gettysburg Address, including "A Common Noble Cause: Reflections on the Gettysburg Address, 149 Years Later," and "Lincoln's Call: The Meaning of the Gettysburg Address, 150 Years Later."
A portion of "A Common Noble Cause" was published in May 2013 as "Gettysburg in 272 words: Take time to read Lincoln's words," in the York (PA) Sunday News. A portion of "Lincoln's Call" was published as a special column in the York (PA) Daily Record in November 2013.
In addition to these reading materials, it is worth nothing that although my research and writing process is behind schedule, I am also still working on my forthcoming book Prominent Points: The Story of the Seminary Cupola, which is on pace for a spring 2015 release.