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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lincoln Speech Memorial
 
Lincoln Speech Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Lincoln Speech Memorial
 
Inscription. (Monument's Right Side Plaque):
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead—who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall
 
Right Side Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Right Side Plaque
The text relates one version of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
 
not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

(Monument's Left Side Plaque):
"The several states having soldiers in the Army of the Potomac who were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg or have since died at the various hospitals which were established in the vicinity have procured grounds on a prominent part of the battlefield for a cemetery and are having the dead removed to them and properly buried.

These grounds will be consecrated and set apart to this sacred purpose on Thursday the 19th instant. It is the desire that you as Chief Executive of the nation formally set apart these grounds to their sacred use by a few appropriate remarks. It will be a source of great gratification to the many widows and orphans that have been made almost friendless by the great battle here to have you here personally and it will kindle anew in the breasts of the comrades of these brave dead who are now in the tented field that they who sleep in death on the battlefield are not forgotten by those highest in authority and they will feel that should their fate be the same their remains will not be uncared for."

From letter of invitation to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States who on November 19, 1863 near this
 
Left Side Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Left Side Plaque
 
place delivered the address at the dedication of the cemetery.

(Plaque on Back):
Erected in compliance with
Act of 53d Congress 3d Session
Introduced by
Major General Daniel E. Sickles
Representative from 10th District
of New York
to establish a military park at
Gettysburg Pennsylvania
approved by the President
February 11 1895

 
Erected 1912.
 
Location. 39° 49.052′ N, 77° 13.912′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Taneytown Road (State Highway 134), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, near the south entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hall's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers' National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); First Massachusetts Light Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Address (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st New Hampshire Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery H, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3rd New York Independent Battery (about 300 feet away); Third Volunteer Brigade (about 300 feet away); Eisenhower National Historic Site (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Battery C, First West Virginia Artillery (about 500 feet away); 12th Massachusetts (about 500 feet away); Maryland (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Back of Monument
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Cited as one of the most important speeches in American history, the speech has a history of its own, discussed here on the Library of Congress's exhibit site. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Voice of America Program - The Gettysburg Address. Within this 13 minute Voice of America radio episode from the This is America series the speech is recited in full. (Submitted on November 17, 2013.) 
 
Bust of Lincoln on Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
5. Bust of Lincoln on Memorial
 
 
Lincoln Speech Memorial and Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
6. Lincoln Speech Memorial and Tablet
 
 
Lincoln Address Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
7. Lincoln Address Memorial
This monument commemorates Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863.

The Address was delivered about 300 yards from this spot along upper Cemetery drive. The site is now marked by the Soldiers' National Monument.

Dedicated Jan. 24, 1912 - Sculptor, Henry Bush-Brown.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,425 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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