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

A Few Appropriate Remarks

Gettysburg National Military Park

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Karl Stelly, January 25, 2021
1. A Few Appropriate Remarks Marker
Inscription.  On November 19, 1863, four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln attended the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Edward Everett, the principal speaker and one of the greatest orators of his time, addressed the crowd of 20,000 for two hours. A hymn followed, then Lincoln, who had been asked to make "a few appropriate remarks," rose. "With a manner serious almost to sadness," he gave a brief address. Lincoln was unsure how his 272-word, two-minute speech had been received. His masterfully-crafted Gettysburg Address gave new meaning to the conflict, but his words transcended generations, reminding all that "we can never forget what they did here." (Photo caption) Alexander Gardner's portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, taken November 8, 1863, captured his expressive face and penetrating gaze. (2nd photo caption) Lincoln (circled), is shown on the speakers' platform. The location was never marked, but is believed to be in Evergreen Cemetery, on the other side of the iron fence.
 
Erected 2021 by The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
A Few Appropriate Remarks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, January 25, 2021
2. A Few Appropriate Remarks Marker
This view looks toward the southeast.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 49.2′ N, 77° 13.845′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Soldiers’ National Cemetery. This marker is in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. It is along the walkway a few steps north of the Soldiers' National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery G, Fourth U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Mary Virginia Wade (within shouting distance of this marker); Kentucky Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldier’s National Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); ...broken by gunfire... (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery H, 1st U.S. Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New York State Memorial (about 300 feet away); Bvt. Maj. Gen. Charles H.T. Collis Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. This new marker replaces the old marker at this spot, which was entitled "The Gettysburg Address."
 
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By Karl Stelly, January 25, 2021
3. A Few Appropriate Remarks Marker
This view looks toward the east-southeast into the Evergreen Cemetery. The iron fence separates the National Cemetery from the Evergreen Cemetery.
A Few Appropriate Remarks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, January 25, 2021
4. A Few Appropriate Remarks Marker
This view looks toward the east and into the Evergreen Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2021, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 28, 2021, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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