National Cemetary, Gettysburg
Site of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as well as the resting place for many soldiers (3555?). As I have said before I tend to avoid cemeteries in general. However, it is worth stopping and taking a look around. It is a very humbling sight that puts things into perspective of just how many lives were lost. If you find the somber surroundings a little too depressing take the time and enjoy the variety of very old trees and tablets with stanzas from Theodore O'Hara's poem, The Bivouac of the Dead around the cemetery.
Gettysburg National Cemetery is located on Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg, the site was purchased and Union dead were moved from shallow burial sites on the battlefield to the cemetery.
Our guide gave us the following information: over 600,000 people lost their lives during the Civil War--most of these from disease. There were 51,000 casualties at Gettysburg alone--this figure includes those who were injured or killed.
The first stirrings of war began in December 1860, when South Carolina left a confederation of states known as The Union.
The National Cemetery is the final resting place for veterans of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address in this location as a tribute to the fallen heroes.
Another National Park Service site, the National Cemetery is where President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address in November of 1863. It is also, of course, the burial site of over 7000 soldiers/veterans. Half of those buried here are from the Civil War. There is no driving allowed through the cemetery, but it does provide a nice walk and reflection.
The NY monument which is looking over the entire cemetery is apparently where Lincoln spoke.