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  • Since I studied the civilians of Gettysburg over the years, it was interesting to find the gravesites of people whose names I recognized
  • Both cemeteries are definitely worth a tour

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      It seems strange that a place like Gettysburg, full of war, strife, and contention, should have a peaceful haven like the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Despite the circumstances of the horrible battle of July 1863, the place where Union soldiers found their eternal rest is a calm and relaxing place.

      The Soldiers’ National Cemetery, located along Taneytown Road, covers a large area that is fairly easy to navigate in a few hours’ time. There are nice cement


      paths that make the walk pleasant, and many trees to provide shade on hot days. A large wrought-iron black fence separates the Soldiers’ National Cemetery from the smaller Evergreen Cemetery; both are interesting places to explore.

      The cemetery is filled with plaques; each plaque contains a different part of a poem dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War. Row after row of small white graves stretch as far as the eye can see, and the saddest part ...


      • is seeing all the markers that have one word: Unknown. It’s a sobering feeling to see just how many Union soldiers are identified simply as “unknown.”

        I particularly admire the large monuments in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery; the New York State Memorial and the Soldiers’ Monument. There are benches to sit and reflect, and cannons scattered here and there are an intriguing site to artillery enthusiasts. History shows that the black fence dividing the cemeteries

        once stood at the White House!

        Evergreen Cemetery is smaller, more peaceful, and usually empty. This is where famous town personages like Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, are buried. The large statue atop her grave makes it easy to find her burial site. Since I studied the civilians of Gettysburg over the years, it was interesting to find the gravesites of people whose names I recognized. Both cemeteries are definitely worth a tour.




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    Richard M. Talay says :

    How many New York State Civil War soldiers are buried in the New York State section of the cemetery?

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