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National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863

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National Cemeteries Were Authorized by the U.S. Government
July 17, 1862

"We here highly resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

President Lincoln spoke these words on November 19, 1863, as he dedicated the national battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His short speech became known as the Gettysburg Address and is one of the most often-quoted addresses in American history.

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