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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Gettysburg Address
 
The Gettysburg Address Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. The Gettysburg Address Marker
 
Inscription. "We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting-place of those who have given their lives that that nation might live."
President Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address

On the morning of November 19, 1863, nearly 20,000 statesmen, soldiers and citizens converged on this hill to consecrate the new Soldiers' National Cemetery. The speakers' platform was located in Evergreen Cemetery to your left.

The Hon. Edward Everett, principal speaker and former Governor of Massachusetts, took the platform at noon. His eloquent, but exhausting, speech lasted two hours.

Following a hymn, President Abraham Lincoln rose to deliver "dedicatory remarks." As the crowd strained to see and hear, Lincoln spoke deliberately and without gestures. According to some observers, the people received his prayer-like words in stunned silence. The "Gettysburg Address" lasted two minutes.

Lincoln left the platform believing his remarks had disappointed the people. As time passed, however, it became clear that his simple utterances had found a place in many American hearts - and would for generations to come.
 
Erected by Gettysburg National Military Park.
 
Location. 39° 49.198′ 
 
The Gettysburg Address Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
2. The Gettysburg Address Marker
The marker stands in front of the tablet for Battery G, 4th US Artillery.
 
N, 77° 13.844′ 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 near the Soldiers Memorial in the center of Gettysburg National Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery G, Fourth U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Mary Virginia Wade (a few steps from this marker); Kentucky Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldier’s National Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery H, 1st U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); New York State Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collis Memorial (about 300 feet away); Fifth New York Light Artillery (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. In the upper center This extraordinary photo from the National Archives shows the crowd assembled for the dedication ceremonies here November 19, 1863. The man whose head is circled is believed to be Abraham Lincoln.

In the lower center is a portrait of Lincoln. Alexander Gardner took this photo of President Abraham Lincoln four days before he delivered the Gettysburg Address.

On the lower right is a photo-copy of one of the original copies of the address. The Hay Draft of the Gettysburg Address, penciled in Lincoln's own hand, may be the one Lincoln carried in his coat pocket to the ceremonies here. The document is preserved at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
 
Also see . . .  The Gettysburg Address. Library of Congress site discussing the history of the address. (Submitted on March 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,942 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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