Excerpt from Gettysburg National Park Views
Several days after the battle, Hon. David \vills. Of Gettysburg, communicated to Gov. Curtin, of Pennsylvania. A proposition to provide a suitable place for the permanent burial of the soldiers who died in defence of the Union at Ge... ttysburg. He was authorized to correspond with Governors of various States interested and his efforts resulted in the formation of an organization which was incorporated by the State of Pennsylvania as the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Under their supervision the plot of seventeen acres on Cemetery hill was bought and arranged as it now appears. The Cemetery was dedicated Nov. R9, 1863, and a prominent part of the exercises was the delivery by President Lincoln of that immortal address Four-score and seven years ago familiar to every American.
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