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
Erected by the National Cemetery Administration.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the National Cemeteries series lists.
Location. 42° 20.931′ N, 77° 21.192′ W. Marker is in Bath, New York, in Steuben County. The marker sits atop the bluff near the flag pole overlooking Section L of Bath National Cemetery, off San Juan Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bath NY 14810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Marine Division War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Bath National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Worker’s Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bath Theatre (approx. 1.8 miles away); John Magee House (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bath.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.