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Gettysburg Soldiers' National Cemetery

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Bust of Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address Memorial in the Gettysburg Soldiers National Cemetery

Established just months following the battle, the Gettysburg Soldiers’ National Cemetery marks the “final resting place for those who here gave their lives..."

At the cemetery's dedication, President Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863.

In addition to the more than 3,500 Union soldiers buried here, the cemetery contains the remains of American soldiers and dependents from the Civil War to Vietnam.

 

Significance

 

Why visit the Soldiers’ National Cemetery?

A visit to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery reminds us of the sacrafice and dedication our soldiers have given to preserve our democracy and expand freedom.

  • Solemn Reflection: Walk the hallowed grounds and take a moment to reflect on those who have given–and are willing to give–“the last full measure of devotion.”
  • Strategic Site: View the Union army’s vantage point. The cannons and monuments in the cemetery mark specific locations of Union artillery and demonstrate the tactical significance of Cemetery Hill during the battle.
  • Soldiers' National Monument: Stand at the cemetery’s centerpiece. The 60-foot statue features the figure of Liberty on the pedestal surrounded on the base by figures of War, Clio, (the Muse of History), Plenty and Peace.
  • Gettysburg Address: Read the words again. The Lincoln Address Memorial inside the cemetery commemorates the speech. Ponder its relevance to our nation today.
 

Story

Symbolic site.

Sacrifice and selflessness.

An Address for the ages.

At A Glance

Allow 45 minutes
Silence and Respect.
Free admission
Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor site – May be impacted by weather. Bring water, sun protection, insect repellent.
97 Taneytown Rd. Gettysburg, PA 17325 (MAP)
Parking lot available across from the cemetery entrance on Taneytown Rd. (MAP)

Hours:

Daily: Dawn to Dusk

The Gettysburg Soldiers' National Cemetery is part of Gettysburg National Military Park.

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Historic Sites

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Step into the weekend retreat and retirement home of President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower. With its original furnishings and décor, the home offers an intimate perspective of home life for the Eisenhowers in the 1950s.

 

A tour of the property includes the charming home, putting green, bountiful garden, entertainment patio, cattle barns and a skeet and trap shoot.

Rupp House History Center

The 1863 home of the John Rupp family, the Rupp House History Center tells the story of civilian life during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

Not just another museum, the free-to-visit Rupp House encourages families to explore, touch and learn through interactive displays and exhibits.

George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions of life–and death–at this historic farm suddenly transformed into a field hospital.

Meet living historians as they provide insight and authentic accounts of experiences on the farm during the battle. No additional charge for admission with purchase of a Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket. 

David Wills House

The home where President Lincoln stayed prior to delivering his Gettysburg Address, the David Wills House features a seven-gallery interactive museum relating the story of Wills, Lincoln’s visit and the Gettysburg Address.

Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station™

In 1863, enthusiastic crowds gathered outside the depot in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president upon his arrival to Gettysburg.

 

Walk in Lincoln’s footsteps in this free-to-visit museum featuring a self-guided tour with exhibits and artifacts relating to Lincoln and the railroad’s role in the history of Gettysburg.

Plan Your Visit to Gettysburg.

Whether you are visiting for the first time, or you return year-after-year, we can help you plan your visit.