The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address (HMB0I)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 49.198', W 77° 13.844'

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"We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting-place of those who have given their lives that that nation might live."
President Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address

On the morning of November 19, 1863, nearly 20,000 statesmen, soldiers and citizens converged on this hill to consecrate the new Soldiers' National Cemetery. The speakers' platform was located in Evergreen Cemetery to your left.

The Hon. Edward Everett, principal speaker and former Governor of Massachusetts, took the platform at noon. His eloquent, but exhausting, speech lasted two hours.

Following a hymn, President Abraham Lincoln rose to deliver "dedicatory remarks." As the crowd strained to see and hear, Lincoln spoke deliberately and without gestures. According to some observers, the people received his prayer-like words in stunned silence. The "Gettysburg Address" lasted two minutes.

Lincoln left the platform believing his remarks had disappointed the people. As time passed, however, it became clear that his simple utterances had found a place in many American hearts - and would for generations to come.
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Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 2:07am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309077 N 4410156
Decimal Degrees39.81996667, -77.23073333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.198', W 77° 13.844'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 11.88" N, 77° 13' 50.64" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-423 Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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