Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lincoln Speech Memorial
(Monument's Right Side Plaque):
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
(Monument's Left Side Plaque):
"The several states having soldiers in the Army of the Potomac who were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg or have since died at the various hospitals which were established in the vicinity have procured grounds on a prominent part of the battlefield for a cemetery and are having the dead removed to them and properly buried.
These grounds will be consecrated and set apart to this sacred purpose on Thursday the 19th instant. It is the desire that you as Chief Executive of the nation formally set apart these grounds to their sacred use by a few appropriate remarks. It will be a source of great gratification to the many widows and orphans that have been made almost friendless by the great battle here to have you here personally and it will kindle anew in the breasts of the comrades of these brave dead who are now in the tented field that they who sleep in death on the battlefield are not forgotten by those highest in authority and they will feel
From letter of invitation to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States who on November 19, 1863 near this place delivered the address at the dedication of the cemetery.
(Plaque on Back):
Act of 53d Congress 3d Session
Major General Daniel E. Sickles
Representative from 10th District
of New York
to establish a military park at
approved by the President
February 11 1895
Location. 39° 49.052′ N, 77° 13.912′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Taneytown Road (State Highway 134), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, near the south entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Address Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hall's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers' National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); First Massachusetts Light Battery (within shouting distance of this Gettysburg Address (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st New Hampshire Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery H (Huntington's Battery) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3rd New York Independent Battery (about 300 feet away); Third Volunteer Brigade (about 300 feet away); Battery C, First West Virginia Artillery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Cited as one of the most important speeches in American history, the speech has a history of its own, discussed here on the Library of Congress's exhibit site. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Voice of America Program - The Gettysburg Address. Within this 13 minute Voice of America radio episode from the This is America series the speech is recited in full. (Submitted on November 17, 2013.)
3. Henry Kirke Bush-Brown. Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857–1935) was an American sculptor and the adopted (Submitted on November 19, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,603 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 8, 9. submitted on November 19, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.