Gettysburg



[get-iz-burg] /ˈgɛt ɪzˌbɜrg/

noun
1.
a borough in S Pennsylvania: Confederate forces defeated in a crucial battle of the Civil War fought near here on July 1–3, 1863; national cemetery and military park.
/ˈɡɛtɪzˌbɜːɡ/
noun
1.
a small town in S Pennsylvania, southwest of Harrisburg: scene of a crucial battle (1863) during the American Civil War, in which Meade’s Union forces defeated Lee’s Confederate army; site of the national cemetery dedicated by President Lincoln. Pop: 7825 (2003 est)

town in southern Pennsylvania, U.S., 1800 (earlier it was Gettys-town), founded 1780s by Gen. James Gettys and named for him. Civil War battle there was fought July 1-3, 1863. The Gettysburg Address was given Nov. 19, 1863, and was being called that by 1865, though before Lincoln’s assassination the term tended to refer to Edward Everett’s full oration that preceded Lincoln’s short speech.

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