Dedication of national cemetery at Gettysburg

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Dedication of national cemetery at Gettysburg - I surren-derwaBborttiiBe. " GETTYSBURG"...
I surren-derwaBborttiiBe. " GETTYSBURG" CELEBRATION. Car Great Rational Cemetery. ITS DEDICATION AND CONSECRATION. Tlie Events of ilio Day. IKTEBESTirTG CEKEIIOITIALS. The Address of President Lincoln. EDWARD EVERETT'S ORATION. Speeches of Hon. "Wm. II. Seward, Hon. John W. Forney. Etc., Etc, Etc, Etc., Etc. Yesterday was a great day in the history of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania. Her great battle-field, battle-field, battle-field, the battle-ground battle-ground battle-ground of the present civil war, the field of national, decisive decisive victory, was dedicated, with avpropriate ceremonies, ceremonies, as the Cemetery of the Union. We give the following succinct account of the consecration consecration and the CEREMONIES OF THE DAY. Special Despatch to the IuqMrer. OETTYSBtTRG, NOV. 19, 1SC3. The Weather. A lovely day, with an unclouded sky, dawned in Gettysburg this morning, giving assurance that the weather would be propitious tor the grand celebration celebration of the dedication of the National Cemeteiy at this town. The Crowd. Early in the day tbe streets swarmed with people from all sections 01 the Union. Every available spot v.as occupied. The Procession. About ten o'clock the line of the piocession was formed, and moved forward "to the grounds of the cemetery in tho following order: Full Bnu-s Bnu-s Bnu-s Baud. Second United States Artillery. United States Regular Cavalry, from Carlis'e Barracks. Barracks. Major-General Major-General Major-General Couch and Staff. General Stahl. and Siaif. Twentieth Pennsylvania Cavalry, one hundred and twenty in number, under command of Colonel 13. Sticicney. Colonel Peetost, of PhiladelpHa, and Stan". Batter,- Batter,- A, ii.th United States Kegulars. Maier-General Maier-General Maier-General Schenck and Stall'. Band ofFif h New York Arthlery. iif.h New York Axul.ery liegiment, under command command of C o'onei Graham. lhe President ot the Un ted States, attended by Vice Piesident Hamlin, Secretary Seward, of the State Department; Secretary Ushku, ot thclepart-meni thclepart-meni thclepart-meni of the Interior; Secretary Yelle, oi the Navy .Department, and Postmaster-General Postmaster-General Postmaster-General Blaie, escorted escorted by Chiet Marshal Ward II. Liaox and Aids, Marshals and ilar.-hais' ilar.-hais' ilar.-hais' A:ds, Brigadier-General Brigadier-General Brigadier-General Wright, denerai Doubi.et)ay, nudBngadier-Gti.e-ral nudBngadier-Gti.e-ral nudBngadier-Gti.e-ral nudBngadier-Gti.e-ral nudBngadier-Gti.e-ral AIasoj attendedjby thf Jitfii, .... Uii'iied Srates Sanitary Commission, numbering twenty men, under command or Dr. W. F. Skwall. Free Masons' Lodge, .No. 124, ot Gettysburg, num bering two bundled and titty men. Hanover Dodge, I. O. O. P., No. 334, one hundred strong. . r Balt more Delegation, consisting of members oi Councils ot Baltimore and Civil Olucials. Birgfelk's Band, of Philadelphia. 1 acuity and Students of the Uettysnurg Colleges. Several hundred citizens comprising delegation, from the several States. .- .- Carriages containinir citizens from the coherent States and the surrounding country. In the Cemetery. The procession started promptly at the time indicated, indicated, 10 o'clock A. M., and moved over the route previously arranged. By the time the President, accompanied accompanied by the different members of the Cabinet, entered the Cemetery grounds, the stand erected in the centre of the same was surrounded by at least fibeen thousand citizens, several thousand ot whom were congregated immediately in lront of tho stand, the immense crcwd being interspersed with chief marshals, aids, and officers of different grades who moved on horseLack through the throng, endeavoring endeavoring to restore order among the excited" and swaying multitude. A cordon ot soldiers were placed m the form of a circle outside of ihs crowd congregated near tbe stand and entirely surrounding it, beyond winch thousands of citizens clustered in surging masses, endeavoring to get a glimpse ot the stand. Entree of the President. The appearance ot the President on the stand wa he signal lor repeated cheers, anaemnusi ' - The Prayer. After the favored ones were provided with seats on the stand, the Kev. Dr. Stockton, Chaplain of. the House of Representatives, was introduced, and offered a prayer to the throne of grace. The prayer of Dr. Stockton was delivered in the most impressive impressive manner, and wa3 listened to with breathless attention. At the close of the prayer the band played a dirge. Eetter from f Jencral Scott. Marshal Lamon then read a letter from General Winfield Scott, expressing his regret at not being able to attend the ceremonies of dedication. The Oration. Marshal Eamot then introduced the Hon. Edward Everett, of Massachusetts, the orator of the day. Mr. Everett's oration will be found at the toot of our descriptive report. Distinguished Persons m the Stand. We noticed on the platform, during the delivery of jlr Evebjett's oration, the following distinguished personages: Hon. Simox Cameron; Gov. Cujitin, ot Pennsylvania; Gov. Seymour, of New York; Gov. Tod, of Ohio; Gov. Beough, of Ohio; Gov. Morton, of Indiana; Ex-Gov. Ex-Gov. Ex-Gov. Wright, of Indiana; Gov. Bradford, of Maryland; Ex-Gov. Ex-Gov. Ex-Gov. Peirpoint, of West Virginia ; Mrs. Commander Henry A. Wise, daughter of Hon. Edward Everett; Col. A. L. Kubsell, Adjutant-Genera! Adjutant-Genera! Adjutant-Genera! of Pennsylvania; lion. I -T -T W Forney and Maior-Geneial Maior-Geneial Maior-Geneial Schenck. Mr. . - lusion ot his eloquent and lin- lin- tendered much applause. AcntT, f ATfrvfHnrl thpn Everett, at the concl uressive address, was The Union Music Association of Maryland then sung an anthem in fine style. President Lincoln Speaks. Chief Marshal Lamon then introduced Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States. Making hi3 appearance tefore the assembled multi:ude, the President was greeted with most enthusiastic cheering. cheering. After order had been restored he spoke as fol lows: president Lincoln's speech. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the propos;tion that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing the question whether this nation or any nation so conceived, so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on the great battle-field battle-field battle-field cf that war. We are met to dedicate it, on a portion of the field set apart as the final resting place of those Lwbo gave their Bvee for the nation's Mfe; bot jtaeft-. jtaeft-. jtaeft-. ton must live, and it is altogether fitting and proper uiat we 6 no uid do tnis. In a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground in reality. The number of men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor attempts to add to its consecration. The world will little know and nothing remember of what we see here, but we cannot forget what these brave men did here. We owe thl3 offering to our dead. We imbibe increased increased devotion to that cause lor which they here gave the last full measure of devotion; we hcie might resolve that they shall not have died in vain; that the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom, and that the Government of the people, lor the people, and for all people, shall not perish from earth. Mr. EiNcOLjy sat down amid a scene cf wild and lengthened excitement. The Dismissal. Cheers were proposed and heartily given for the President and the Governors ot the several States. After another dirge had been sung a benediction was pronounced, and the throng oi people dispersed i and returned towards the town. The celebration was complete. Iepartnre of the President. I'resident Lincoln and party left Gettysburg for Washington late in the evening, in a special car. Governor Ccrtijt and the Philadelphia dcleiration left Later in the night. No trains were permitted to leave town until after tho President's departure, and thousands of citizens were unable to leave for their homes untd to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow morning. to the associated peeps. THE GETTYSBURG CEREMONIES. Gettysburg, Nov. 10. The Presidential train arrived arrived here on Wednesday evemng, but the Governors' Governors' train was de'ayed, by a slight accident to the engine, till nearly midnight, and the various Governors were not able to vartieipate in the proceedings proceedings of the night, which were of a lively character. The President, Secretary Seward and Colonel Forney were serenaded, ad each severally replied to the compliment. . The President said he was happy to see somany of his lnenus present to pert:c:pate in tbe ceremo nies, but he would make no speech, as he had nothing nothing particular to say. (Laughter and aj.p:ause.) The following is the speech of Mr. Si. ward, in reply to the serenade: itllow-citizens itllow-citizens itllow-citizens 1 am now sixty years old, and I have been in public life for lorfy years of tliat time, Ibisnigbti the first ti.ne that ever anybody in the State of Maryland was ever willing to iiU.n to my voic! (A Voice: Tins is Pennsylvania) or in Pennsylvania so near to the border of Maryland ; and the reason was that I saw, forty years ago, opening opening beiore this people the sraveyard that was to bo tiiled with brothers who fell in mortal po'itical con flict, ana i Knew that the cause that was huirying them on to that dread ml smie was slavery; a.d when I aid lilt my voice it wbs to warn them to remove remove that cause, if they ci.uid, ty peaceful a;.d coui-titutional coui-titutional coui-titutional means, and" so avert the catastrophe oi civil war, which has now lallen upon the nation. (Applause.) I am thankful that you arc Wiliic,; to hear me at last. 1 thank my God that I leli:-ve leli:-ve leli:-ve this stiite is roicr to end in the removal of that evil which on "lit t have been rmoved bypeaeeiui means and deliberate councils. (Applause.) 1 thank mv God lor tbe hope that th.s is the last polrtic il war which will fall upon the country that haj Letn Touchsat'ed to us bv Heaven. , XliC riet.iM 1vil'lt.tl;rk'3oie ti a -jr.onovs -jr.onovs destiny ot any country tuat God has ever givea to any portion ol the human r?-ce, r?-ce, r?-ce, and that when that cause i?1 removed simply by the operation ol perishing perishing as the cause and the agent oi a treason that tis without a justification and without paialle1, thtnee-toitn thtnee-toitn thtnee-toitn we snail be indeed a Union one conr-try, conr-try, conr-try, having having onlv one hope, one ambition, and one aetiny. (Applause.) Then to-morrow, to-morrow, to-morrow, it we have not known it beiore, we shall Know that we arc not enemies, hut that we are ir-.ends ir-.ends ir-.ends and brothers. That this Union is a reoiity, tor it is one common country. aUti we shad mourn, I aui sure with ejua! siucentv over the grave ot the misguided iusurfcent, whom we have consigned to h:s last riisung place, and pity turn wua the same s'Eemtv-, s'Eemtv-, s'Eemtv-, lhe same heartfelt erief that we mourn over the brother by -whose -whose hand, raised in de-letise de-letise de-letise ot the Government to which we all owe allegiance that misjudged brother fell, aud when we art to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow night let us remembel that we owe it to our countrv, that we owe ii to mankind- mankind- mankind- that this war fhall have a triumphant cjuc.u-sion cjuc.u-sion cjuc.u-sion in the establishment of democratic Goveruuiei-t Goveruuiei-t Goveruuiei-t upon the simple principle, that whatever party or i.orUonot the ua.iou shail prevail in atrVictuuu, that party shall be respected aud nia;ntaml in nower, until it shall give place unon another trial, on. l Atier another verdict, to a different party oi a dit'-rent dit'-rent dit'-rent portion of the people. (Applause). Without that, let me tel! you that you are dnlting at orce and irresistibly to the very verge oi tie destruction destruction ot ab Government. With that priti;ipie this Government of ours will be the be.-t, be.-t, be.-t, the last, and tLe happiest in the world, and may be, aid so far as v;e are concerned whi be, imnionai. ijood night. (Cheers and applause.) ' - - - - - Colonel toi uauo a unci bjicvcu, reii'rnaj 10 the political aspect ot the campaigu, and particilarly to tne services ot Douslas wiuo liiiiou. lie paid an oulogv to the President, and spo that would live in history as the te ot him a; one savior of the country. ..--' ..--' ..--' ..--' " THE DEDICATION. n mt v ct.tt Rfi. Nov. 13. The ceremonies attending !the dedication of the .National Cemetery commeuced this morning, Dy a grauu i.nnij. uu v ? uli"ay under the command ot Major-General Major-General Major-General Couch, the Pro -ramme -ramme for which has Let-n Let-n Let-n alieady published. The li-e li-e li-e of parade was taken up at ten o'ciock, and proceeded through the principal streets to the Cemetery where tho military ioroied in hue and sa- sa- Ata nuarter past eleven o'clock the head of the Tirocession arrived at the main stand. The President President and members of the Cabinet, together with twT chief mili-ary mili-ary mili-ary and civil dignitaries, took their rations on the stand, the 1 resident being seated between Messrs. Seward and Everett, alter a reception marked with respect and pertect Rilence due to the solemnity ot the occasion, every man among the immense gathering uncovering on TieInunUry thea formed inhne extending around, thn area between the stand and the military being o7cuDied by civilians, comprising about 15,000 people, and mcludiug men, women and chiiaren. l he attendance attendance of ladies was quite large. ti ip military escort comprised one squadron oi eavalrv two batteries of artillery and a regiment of i,.iVnrv being tho regular personal escort of honor rfaid to the highest officer in the service. P i Hpr the performance of the iuneral military diree hv Bepgfejld'b band, an eloquent prayerwasue- prayerwasue- 7rf hv the Eev. Mr. Stockton, as iohows : JlVrrnd our Father, for the. sake of thy Son, oar ? wionr hi-pire hi-pire hi-pire us wiih Thy SDirit and sanctify us to tiie Saviour, ui-1" ui-1" ui-1" . , j. 4 ot- ot- this occHsinn. Wn -. -. ,-,,, ,-,,, ,-,,, ! tudedujatt this aew historic centre as a SaU-jnal SaU-jnal SaU-jnal Ceme- Ceme- j t;I"y. n.fmnnlfl ts of the one Government which u "'-j-j-,.d "'-j-j-,.d "'-j-j-,.d "'-j-j-,.d "'-j-j-,.d "'-j-j-,.d "'-j-j-,.d OVer our Unioa and of the manv Thou hast nn,hJIctl rlhou nast subordinated to tha Tdorepreseuteel ; if all c'; relations and L?tJJi out bonded brotherhooj ot people stand II ail uei""w", uu-vico" uu-vico" uu-vico" J.,,r,,l,Criiv apsarenr m xnv nn stu . severally luj ""becaSse aiioa hast called us, that ve trust it is Thv , K' in practVal results of the incalcr.lah e bt5I?lSm ridable good. And so with Thy holyApustle anl, . 1 rhureh of all lands and ages. e unite in ,u s" ,-rton ,-rton ,-rton "filossed be wa even tnu t , er oi our hl CUrtetTthe Fatber of Mercies aua lae Ood of Lnr,nfrt who couiforteth us in all our tribalaiiona, an couiiuih""- couiiuih""- . w.mfort tnem whih trouble, by thrcomfort wherewith we ourselves are com- com- J fTnimuU,tiaori of all angels, in fellowship with all saints, j KVworS in revereW Tof Thy ways and in accordance wmTnyiJo?d, welove and rnanhy Thine infinite per-Tcaons per-Tcaons per-Tcaons Thy creative glory Thy redeeming grace, ihy ProvWentlal goocnss an the progressive, richer and faSMdoonieiit of TbJ Supreme, universal and ever-?adm?ni?tration. ever-?adm?ni?tration. ever-?adm?ni?tration. In behalf of. U humanity, whose idelTis alvme, whose first memory is Thy image lost, and whose last hope is thy unaee restored, and especially especially in behalf ot our own nation, whose history has bin so favorable, whose position is so peerless, whose mission is bo sublime, and whose future is so attractive, we tbk lbe the JHiafieakable pa- pa- i oi in or in it and of entire Governor Oi-o; specia-e:e. standard men-can 1 and to o; this of 1 ot do we the to the ot to be of

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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)20 Nov 1863, FriPage 1
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