August 27, 2019 Evening Walk “Soldiers National Cemetery” LBG Fred Hawthorne
Battles produce casualties in prodigious numbers. Throughout history funeral pyres and mass graves on battlefields were the norm. But here at Gettysburg in the aftermath of the battle a number of individuals acting together and alone set in motion a series of events that led to the creation of a formal burial ground for some of the men who gave “their last full measure of devotion.” This walk will deal with the development of the cemetery, the burial for the dead, the stories of many of the men, living and dead, forever tied to the site and of course, the consecration ceremony which featured one of the most famous addresses in the world’s history. Meeting place: Lincoln Speech Memorial.