Soldiers' National Cemetery
Adams County, Pennsylvania
Page last updated November 5, 2009
Within one week of the Battle of Gettysburg, the dead were buried in shallow graves across the battlefield. The graves
were seen as a temporary solution for the disposal of the dead, and were completed as quickly as possible for fear that an
epidemic might spread in the hot summer conditions. Typically, a wooden board with the soldier's name, written in pencil
was placed at the top of his grave. Many of the identifications were lost due to weather and other elements. Soldiers'
National Cemetery was created to give the men who fought for our country a proper and permanent burial.
The dedication ceremony for Soldiers' National Cemetery took place four and one half months after the battle,
and it is when Abraham Lincoln, our nations 16th President, gave the now famous Gettysburg Address.
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