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

Lincoln Cemetery

 
 
Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 28, 2010
1. Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Marker
Next to the fence around Lincoln Cemetery
Inscription. Four months after the Battle of Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery. His Gettysburg Address, perhaps the single most famous speech in American history, described a "new birth of freedom" that the war might give the country.

While postwar America struggled to make a place for its African American citizens, a group called the Sons of Good Will created the Lincoln Cemetery in 1867 to ensure "the proper burial of Gettysburg's African American citizens and Civil War veterans." Located between South Washington Street and Long Lane, within walking distance from the Soldiers' National Cemetery, the Lincoln Cemetery holds about 30 members of the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.). It is the final resting place of most local U.S.C.T. veterans.

The first African American veteran was buried in Soldiers' National Cemetery in November 1884, when the remains of Henry Gooden, 127th United States Colored Troops, were moved from the Alms House burial ground in Gettysburg to the United States Regulars lot. The national cemetery's second African American veteran, Charles H. Parker, 3rd United States Colored Troops, was buried in November 1936 after disinterment from the Yellow Hill Cemetery, north of Gettysburg.
 
Erected 2009
Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 28, 2010
2. Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Marker
A closer-in view of the left side of the wayside
by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 39° 49.573′ N, 77° 14.129′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Long Lane just north of Lincoln Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The wayside marker is on the east side of Long Lane, a few steps north of the State Historical marker for Lincoln Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Lincoln Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Basil Biggs (a few steps from this marker); Where do we bury our dead? Lincoln Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Monumental Stories (within shouting distance of this marker); Goodwill Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Agricultural Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin Street “Colored” School 1884-1932 (approx. 0.2 miles away); “ the battle itself proved a relief.” (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 28, 2010
3. Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Marker
A closer-in view of the right side of the wayside
Photograph of Lloyd Watts image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 28, 2010
4. Photograph of Lloyd Watts
Lloyd Watts, African American Civil War veteran, is buried in Lincoln Cemetery
Lloyd Watts' Muster-in Papers image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 28, 2010
5. Lloyd Watts' Muster-in Papers
This is his enlistment document, showing him joining Company B of the 24th United States Colored Troops on February 3, 1865.
Wayside Exhibit Markers at Lincoln Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 28, 2010
6. Wayside Exhibit Markers at Lincoln Cemetery
Long Lane is off to the right. This view is looking towards the south.
Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Exhibit Markers image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 28, 2010
7. Lincoln Cemetery Wayside Exhibit Markers
The Lincoln Cemetery Wayside marker is at the left, the Pennsylvania State Historical marker for Lincoln Cemetery is in the middle, and the Basil Biggs Wayside marker is at the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2010, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,068 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 28, 2010, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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