Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg

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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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  • Have always wanted to see this wonderful place in December around Christmas with the wreaths on the graves and most of all with snow ❄️ and with my son. It was truly a spiritual experience the day all...  more »
  • This is a must as it is so touching. I thought so much about our history when walking through here. It really is a must and the drive through audio tour is a must.  more »
  • Beautiful place to just walk around and view the place of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The cemetery has many gravesites of the soldier who fought here and also soldiers who have fought in other wars....  more »
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  • 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.
  • pew pew pow pow the sounds of muskets are going off and people are ded. then you force there dead bodies 2 feet underground and put a rock on top with there name on it. yeh.
  • Early morning is a nice time to visit. Very quiet and very peaceful. The history here is invaluable.

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Where to stay in Gettysburg

Though Gettysburg offers plenty of lodging options to suit every visitor's budget, remember that you must reserve your room at least a few months ahead of time if you plan to attend the popular battle reenactments. Many inns in the heart of town offer both a sense of history and many modern amenities, including exercise facilities and both indoor and outdoor pools. You can also choose to stay at a comfortable hotel just northwest of the area's historical battlefield complex, located only minutes from downtown.
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