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

Goodwill Cemetery

Established 1867

 
 
Goodwill Cemetery Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 8, 2013
1. Goodwill Cemetery Plaque
Attached to old dead tree in corner of the Lincoln Cemetery
Inscription.  By the Sons of Goodwill, a society of black men for the burial of the colored citizens of Gettysburg. - Interred in this burial ground are 30 "United States Colored Troops" (USCT), Veterans of the Civil War, who were denied burial in the Gettysburg's National Soldiers Cemetery, dedicated by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 "without benefit of citizenship they fought for freedom." - Noted member of the Sons of Goodwill Society: Nelson Mathews, Lloyd F. A. Watts, Thomas Grigsby, Basil Biggs, Owen Robinson, Randolph Johnson, William Burly, Wm. H. Roster
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 39° 49.545′ N, 77° 14.054′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Memorial is on Lincoln Lane, on the right when traveling west. Marker is attached to a dead tree a few steps west of the intersection of Lincoln Lane and Warner Alley. The tree is
Goodwill Cemetery Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 8, 2013
2. Goodwill Cemetery Plaque
The plaque attached to the tree
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near the corner of the fenced-in Lincoln Cemetery. 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. Lincoln Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Basil Biggs (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Lincoln Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Where do we bury our dead? Lincoln Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Monumental Stories (about 500 feet away); St. Paul's A.M.E. Zion Church (about 500 feet away); Mary Virginia Wade Lived in This House (about 600 feet away); Confederate Stronghold (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Goodwill Cemetery Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 8, 2013
3. Goodwill Cemetery Plaque
The tree and plaque, in a wider view
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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