Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Some 3,500 Union soldiers were laid to rest here following the Battle of Gettysburg in June 1863, considered a significant Union victory. Originally buried on the battlefield where they lay for fear of disease, the soldiers’ remains were exhumed from their shallow graves and reinterred in this cemetery. Together with the battlefield on which the Confederate attack took place, the cemetery forms the Gettysburg National Military Park, which seeks to preserve the history of the battle and its lasting legacy. Start off at the visitor center, where you can learn more about the battle in the museum or choose to take a guided tour of the cemetery. Add Gettysburg National Cemetery and other attractions to your Gettysburg trip itinerary using our Gettysburg online trip itinerary planner .
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  • We got to the cemetery in time for Taps which was great! There was a guide there who gave a tour prior to Taps. We were able to see where Lincoln gave his Gettsburg Address! A special moment for me!  more »
  • We visit here as often as we can. Beautiful cemetery and really does have an effect on a person. Absorb this beautiful place.  more »
  • We took a guided tour with Larry. I now have a greater appreciation after taking the tour. So many unknown soldiers. Details of the Gettysburg address being done right in that area. We were lucky enou...  more »
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  • Our paranormal team went last year and found Gettysburg so fascinating we got a place right in the middle of town which is cheaper to rent (4 bdrooms/2 bathrooms) than get a nice motel rm. There was a comment from a person of the class of 2021 now true this person is young so u can give him/her some leeway but how callous of his comment was. Hopefully compassion will come too this person as they grow older. Heaven help his parents with this child's attitude but I do have faith in young so let's hope for the best.
  • A solemn and meaningful place. Never forget the cost that makes our country free.
  • This is a beautiful cemetery remembering the soldiers that fought in Gettysburg. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the silence. It's expected that you will be quiet and reverent while you are visiting. The monuments are beautiful, as is each monument in Gettysburg. One of the more interesting aspects are the markers for the trees which give names for each type growing there. There are quotes from the poem, "Bivouac of the Dead" written by Theodore O'Hara, throughout the cemetery on plaques, which should be read by all. The unmarked graves are heartbreaking. They range from "Unknown" engraved in the stone rings that surround the Soldiers National Monument to markers simply engraved with numbers and nothing else. Many people leave pennies on the monuments, face up in respect. Usually there are more at the Lincoln Address Monument than anywhere else. This is so worth seeing, to pay respects, to remember. It's also just a beautiful quiet place to walk. Visited July 2016
  • We had a pressed schedule on the day we visited, but the volunteer working there was wonderfully informative and gave fascinating information. Definitely worth a visit, and doesn't take long at all.
  • Must-See While Kids Are Young While Gettysburg is great for all ages, don't miss your window of opportunity to share this important historic site with your kids. At this place, people chose to give their lives to preserve the union or the ideal of states rights, either way, both believed in ideals that were totally American. We did a great bus tour but I would recommend hitting the visitors center first and the cyclorama to get a clear understanding of the lay of the land and the three days of battle. Great for kids over 10.
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