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 did the auto tour. The weather was not the best but the time spent touring was well worth our efforts. The cemetery is vast, and you get the sense of how much Army's endured.
We did the auto tour. The weather was not the best but the time spent touring was well worth our efforts. The cemetery is vast, and you get the sense of how much Army's endured. more »
We spent most of our visit at the cemetery. I was surprised that it still is used today. Graves for most of those killed in the battle are simple.
We spent most of our visit at the cemetery. I was surprised that it still is used today. Graves for most of those killed in the battle are simple. more »
The experience at Gettysburg was a solemn venture. It is a free self-guide tour, or if you want a more detailed experience, there are available tour guides in the area. Our family choose the self guided exploration of the grounds. It was an honor to walk among the beautiful landscape, immaculate stones, and to see the craftsmanship of the monuments here. There is a bit of walking, so make sure to bring some water or even a snack. The park can be fully explored in few hours. There was a parking lot adjacent to the park that had adequate parking. There is also a museum on the grounds, but it was not open when we visited here. What a great source of American history for the family! A must see if you’re traveling in the area!
If you love history like I do, this is the place you must visit. So many sacrificed it all, young and old. This is a special place for me. A must on your stop in Gettysburg.
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