Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Address by President Lincoln
At the Dedication of The Gettysburg National Cemetery
— November 19, 1863 —
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and the National Cemeteries series lists.
Location. 40° 7.628′ N, 87° 34.988′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker can be reached from Blue Star Highway south of U.S. 136. Follow the Blue Star Highway to the South East corner of the V.A. (a.k.a., Danville Junior College) grounds. This is a longer way back into the Cemetery but indeed it is difficult to find due to it being tucked away to the South East. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville IL 61832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Danville National Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Danville (Illinois) National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Landing Ship Tanks (LST's) Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); A National Cemetery SystemAlumni who Served in Korean War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln & Douglas in Danville (approx. 1.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 2.3 miles away); Women's War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
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Also see . . . Official Web Site - - Danville National Cemetery::. Many items of assistance can be found here. (Submitted on March 27, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
I went to the site a couple of weeks ago and the plaque was gone. Unfortunately, the office was not open so I could not inquire. I have a photo if interested.
Editor's Note: Thank you for the update. We hope the plaque will be returned soon.
— Submitted June 3, 2010, by Alan Gornik of Western Springs, Illinois.
2. The Plaque is BACK ..! !
First, I wish to thank you, Alan
In this case the plaque was simply out for a cleaning and refurbishing. All is done now and replaced before the 4th of July Holiday week-end. See the attached photo.
Alan, I greatly appreciate your report and interest. If it were not for you I may not have known about the plaque being missing.
Always feel free to report and send in photos. You finding it missing was in 'itself' a 'historic event'. (Yet feel free to attach your missing plaque photo. Just up-load by using 'Add Photo'.) HMDB is an open forum that 'needs' every-ones involvement.
Glad to see that all came out well -and- an improvement that the public can be proud to have!!
— Submitted June 30, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,092 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1. submitted on June 30, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 27, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 10, 11. submitted on April 4, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 12. submitted on August 7, 2011, by Alan Gornik of Western Springs, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.