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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  • As any cemetery it is important to maintain a reverence, even though it is a tourist attraction. The grass around the graves was a little overgrown for my taste, especially for veterans graves.  more »
  • We made this our last stop on our tour and spent a lot of time paying our respects to military and families that have passed on.  more »
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  • Every American should visit Gettysburg and think of the sacrifice paid by so many brave people in order for our Country to become the Country it became. It is sobering and profound. We all should live a life worthy of their sacrifice. The brave soldiers should never be forgotten.
  • Make this a destination must. Beautiful town, beautiful grounds. The cemetery battlefield is sobering, and awe-inspiring. You could spend so much time walking and reading headstones, looking at all the monuments. It's incredible. Literally, this war was in the back yard of the families of Gettysburg. So much to see in this little town. So much history its amazing. It was all very affordable as well. If all you do is see the cemetery battlefield, which is free, you've seen a piece of history that will stay with you, I promise. Sobering. Beautiful.

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