Staunton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Address by President Lincoln
At the Dedication of The Gettysburg National Cemetery
— November 19, 1863 —
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism • 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. 38° 8.417′ N, 79° 2.991′ W. Marker is in Staunton, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Richmond Avenue (U.S. 250) east of National Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at the Staunton National Cemetery, just inside the main gate, mounted at eye-level on the north (front) side of the cemetery office building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Richmond Avenue, Staunton VA 24401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Staunton National Cemetery (here, next to this marker); United States National Military Cemetery - Staunton (a few steps from this marker); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Settler's Grave (approx. 0.6 miles away); Avenue of Trees (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Barger House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staunton.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Staunton National Cemetery
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