Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Soldiers’ National Cemetery
"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
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 Address.
Erected by Gettysburg National Military Park.
Location. 39° 49.063′ N, 77° 13.923′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Taneytown Road (State Road 134), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the south entrance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery. It is duplicated at the north entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Speech Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st New Hampshire Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Address (within shouting distance of this marker); First Massachusetts Light Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Address Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Hall's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery H (Huntington's Battery) (within Third Volunteer Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3rd New York Independent Battery (about 400 feet away); Battery C, First West Virginia Artillery (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers, Tablets and Monuments at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
Also see . . . Gettysburg National Cemetery. (Submitted on May 31, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,674 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 31, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 19, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 6. submitted on May 31, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7. submitted on November 19, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 8. submitted on March 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.