Where Is Gettysburg?


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Gettysburg is a historic town in Pennsylvania, which is in the eastern region of the United States. Incorporated in 1806, the town was named after founder James Gettys in the 1780s.

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Gettysburg was the site of a three-day battle during the U.S. Civil War, taking place in July 1863. The fighting was between Union and Confederate soldiers, and more than 51,000 were killed, wounded or went missing. Most of the fallen soldiers were buried hastily on the battlefield until four months later when reinternment began on the grounds that are today Gettysburg National Cemetery. President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short dedication speech, today known as the Gettysburg Address, for the cemetery on November 19, 1863. This day is celebrated as Remembrance Day in Gettysburg.

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