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‘It’s him!’: A rare glimpse of Lincoln at Gettysburg

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The discovery is a big deal. The last “significant” photo find was made three score years ago. And from Gettysburg, there are only three known Abraham Lincoln photographs, two of which are disputed.

A former Disney animator believes he has found Lincoln in a photograph of a crowd at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where the president gave his most memorable speech, the Smithsonian Magazine reports.

Christopher Oakley, who now teaches new media at the University of North Carolina, has been working on a 3-D animation of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address.

While examining photographs from the Library of Congress of the historic event, Oakley made the discovery.

“No way!” Oakley exclaimed when he zoomed in on the photo in March. “That’s him!”

“It’s like ‘Law & Order’: You keep enhancing an image until you see the suspect,” says Harold Holzer, the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

The 3-D animation is being readied for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s speech.

Click on the photo to see a larger image.

You can read more about Oakley’s discovery here, and see an interactive series of photos of what happened on Nov. 19, 1863, here.

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