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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Soldiers’ National Cemetery

 
 
Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
"Here where they fell,
Oft shall the widow's tear be shed,
Oft shall fond parents mourn their dead;
The orphan here shall kneel and weep..."
Hymn by Benjamin B. French
Sung at cemetery dedication
November 19, 1863

Soldiers' National Cemetery contains the graves of more than 6,000 United States servicemen, including 3,580 Union soldiers killed in the Civil War. Nearly half of the Civil War burials are unknown soldiers.

A few days after the battle, Andrew Curtin, Governor of Pennsylvania, visited Gettysburg and was deeply moved by what he saw. Bodies of soldiers had been hurriedly buried on the battlefield, and some had not been buried at all. Curtin and representatives of Northern states took steps to create a national cemetery. Beginning in October 1863, bodies were carefully removed from the field and re-interred here. The work took five months.

On November 19, 1863, before the burials were completed, government officials, battle veterans, and citizens assembled to dedicate the cemetery. Near the end of the ceremonies, the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, offered a few remarks - his Gettysburg Address.

Where was Lincoln?
President Abraham Lincoln was standing on a platform near the site of the Soldiers' National Monument when he delivered the famed Gettysburg
Close Up of Cemetery Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Close Up of Cemetery Map
Double click to see the details, indicating points of interest in the cemetery.
Address.
 
Erected by Gettysburg National Military Park.
 
Location. 39° 49.298′ N, 77° 13.802′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Baltimore Pike (State Highway 97), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the north entrance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery. It is duplicated at the south entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Division (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Address (a few steps from this marker); Army of the Potomac (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac
Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
3. Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a map of the cemetery with important points and monuments indicated. On the lower right a photograph shows the Soldiers' National Cemetery in 1882.

On the left center is a photograph of the Soldiers' National Monument with the caption, The focal point of the cemetery is the Soldiers' National Monument. Dedicated July 1, 1869, it was the first of Gettysburg's grand memorials. At its base are seated figures representing War, History, Peace, and Plenty, while sixty feet above, Liberty holds the wreath of victory and the sheathed sword of battle.
 
Also see . . .  Gettysburg National Cemetery. (Submitted on March 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker<br>Main Text Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
4. Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker
Main Text
Soldiers' National Cemetery (1882) Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
5. Soldiers' National Cemetery (1882)
Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
6. Soldiers' National Cemetery Marker
Marker at the North Entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
7. Marker at the North Entrance
North Entrance to the Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
8. North Entrance to the Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 700 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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