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Evergreen Cemetery is a privately owned community cemetery in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address from a platform constructed there. It was located immediately adjacent to the land later devoted to the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
In 1854 a group of local residents headed by attorney David McConaughy procured land on Raffensperger's Hill south of Gettysburg along the Baltimore Pike for a community cemetery. The Evergreen Cemetery Association managed the property and oversaw selection of its caretakers. A large brick gatehouse was constructed in the late 1850s, and the caretakers resided there. By the time that the Civil War came to Gettysburg in the summer of 1863, the cemetery had become well established. The height on which it was located was known as Cemetery Hill.
During the Battle of Gettysburg, the hill served as a major position of the Union Army of the Potomac, an anchor of the famed "fish hook" defensive line. The cemetery and its gatehouse suffered damage from incoming artillery shells, as well as from the thousands of men and horses who tramped through it during and after the fighting.
Following the battle, McConaughy procured adjacent land for the Federal government to establish a formal military cemetery, Gettysburg National Cemetery.
The Evergreen Cemetery continued to grow in size throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. It still has plots for sale.