Gettysburg National Cemetery

The photo image below is the Soldier’ National Monument at the center of the semi-circular Gettysburg National Military Cemetery.

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Gettysburg National Cemetery is a United States national cemetery created for Union casualties of the July 1 to 3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. It is located just outside Gettysburg Borough, in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The land was part of the Gettysburg Battlefield, and the cemetery is within Gettysburg National Military Park.

The Consecration of the Gettysburg National Military Cemetery (originally known as the Soldiers’ National Cemetery) was the ceremony at which U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. In addition to the 15,000 spectators, attendees included six state governors: Andrew Gregg Curtin of Pennsylvania, Augustus Bradford of Maryland, Oliver P. Morton of Indiana, Horatio Seymour of New York, Joel Parker of New Jersey, and David Tod of Ohio. Reporters present included Joseph Gilbert (Associated Press), Charles Hale (Boston Advertiser), John Russell Young (Philadelphia Press); and Cincinnati CommercialNew York Tribune, & The New York Times reporters.

The cemetery contains 3,512 interments from the Civil War, including the graves of 979 unknowns. It also has sections for veterans of the Spanish–American War, World War I, and other wars, along with graves of the veterans' spouses and children. The total number of interments exceeds 6,000.

Battlefield monuments, memorials, and markers are scattered throughout the cemetery, and its stone walls, iron fences and gates, burial and section markers, and brick sidewalk are listed as contributing structures within Gettysburg Battlefield Historic District

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This photo image at left is an actual photograph of Lincoln captured at the site where he was to give his Gettysburg Address speech.

It is one of two confirmed photos of Lincoln (center, facing camera) at Gettysburg, taken about noon, just after he arrived and some three hours before his speech. To his right is his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon.

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The Lincoln Address Memorial

This photo image at left shows the rear of the Gettysburg Address Memorial which today marks the spot where Lincoln delivered his historic speech.

Gettysburg Railroad Station

This photo image at left is the Gettysburg Train Station where Abraham Lincoln arrived at the end of his journey from Washington, DC, the day before he gave his historic Gettysburg Address to consecrate the recently created Gettysburg National Military Cemetery where most of the Battle of Gettysburg’s fallen Union soldiers has just been buried.

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