Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Lincoln Speech Memorial
Gettysburg, PA.
The act creating the Gettysburg National Park provided for a memorial in granite and bronze of Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19th, 1863, and the Lincoln Speech Memorial, located in the National Cemetery, near the spot wehre the address was delivered, is the result.  It is a speech memorial and not intended as a Lincoln Memorial.

Seventeen acres of land were purchased by the eighteen states of the north soon after the battle of Gettysburg and presented to the National Government on condition that it be forever preserved and maintained as a national cemetery.  More than 3600 Union Soldiers, including 1600 unknown, are buried here.  The cemetery was dedicated by President Lincoln, November 19th, 1863, at which time he delivered his famous "Gettysburg Address".

The Meade Memorial
Gettysburg, PA.
As Commander of the Army of the Potomac, General meade was in charge of the Union Army at Gettysburg.  This memorial, erected by his home state of Pennsylvania, occupies the positon taken by his men who repulsed the great charge of Pickett and his Virginia troops.

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