Although this famous Civil War town houses endless memorabilia of the Gettysburg battle - from guns to flags to Union soldiers' belts buckles - there is still missing one major ingredient of the town's history.

Gettysburg has never owned any of Lincoln's original drafts of the Gettysburg Address.

Officials here tried unsuccessfully to get the Library of Congress to give Gettysburg one of its two original drafts of the address in 1975. But the town recently renewed its effort to obtain one of the originals by getting two Pennsylvania legislators to sponsor bills in Congress on Gettysburg's behalf.

In addition, the Gettysburg Travel Council has started a position drive and over the past two months has obtained 70,000 signatures representing visitors from the 50 states who support efforts to obtain one of the original drafts for Gettysburg.

"To many of the four million annual visitors to Gettysburg, the original Gettysburg Address remains the missing link in the interpretation and appreciation of the story of Gettysburg," said James Cole, executive director of the Travel Council. The council is a state-funded agency that offers a free information service for tourists.

The Library of Congress refused the request from Gettysburg officials in 1975, stating that the Library - the repository for many Presidents' personal papers - would be setting a "highly undesirable precedent" by giving up one of its drafts.