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Gettysburg National Cemetery
Taneytown Road
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Voice: 717-334-5533

When the armies marched away from Gettysburg they left behind a community in shambles and more than 51,000 killed, wounded, and missing soldiers. Wounded and dying were crowded into nearly every building. Most of the dead lay in hastily dug and inadequate graves. Some had not been buried at all. This situation so distressed Pennsylvania's governor that he commissioned a local attorney to purchase land for a proper burial ground for Union dead. Within four months of the battle, reinterment began on 17 acres that became Gettysburg National Cemetery.

The cemetery was dedicated on November 19, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln, who had been asked to make "a few appropriate remarks", began his two minute oration, "Four score and seven years ago..."

Within a few years the bodies of more than 3500 Union soldiers killed in the battle had been reinterred in the cemetery and the landscaping completed. Today the cemetery is the final resting place for more than 6000 honorably discharged veterans and their dependents.

KAT'S VIEW

This cemetery is where Abraham Lincoln gave the speech known as the Gettysburg Address. They put a memorial on the spot where he gave his speech. The cemetery itself was nice. There were many soldiers, several of them unknown from the battle here.



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