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Bet you never knew this, but there are three presidents who have a connection to Gettysburg...

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate - we cannot consecrate - we cannot hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.
President LincolnAbraham Lincoln is the most well known, even though he only spent one night there. He did give a memorable dedication at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. His Gettysburg Address only lasted a few minutes, yet will always be remembered as the heart of what our country is all about. It certainly meant a lot during the Civil War and still is fitting today...
Ike and Mamie postcard.But, did you know that President Dwight D. Eisenhower purchased a farm on the west side of Seminary Eisenhower farm.Ridge during the 1950s. While he was in office, he had a heart attack and for a time, this farm was considered the White House while he recovered. President Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, then retiredMamie! Ike!to this farm, now owned by the Park Service. You can go on a tour of the house and grounds. The view from the patio looks out on Seminary Ridge. The first time my BMC and BFC toured the house, they started calling each other Mike and Amy (Ike and Mamie). (In case you haven’t already figured it out, my BMC and BFC are just a little peculiar!)

And finally, President Richard M. Nixon’s great grandfather, George, died of his wounds at Gettysburg on July 14, 1863, and he is buried in the National Cemetery.

Wow! My BMC’s and BFC’s knowledge of Gettysburg continues to astound me!
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