The Wills House

The Wills House (HMLPK)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.847', W 77° 13.841'

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Erected ca. 1814, this building is the best known in Gettysburg. In 1863 it was the home of David Wills and family.

Wills, a local attorney, is traditionally given credit as being the father of the Soldier's National Cemetery, for proposing that Pennsylvania provide, "...a common burial ground for the [Union] dead." This idea was supported by all the states whose sons died at Gettysburg and quickly implemented.

President Abraham Lincoln was the overnight guest of David Wills on the eve of the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery. It was at the dedication ceremony on November 19, 1863, that Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

It is believed that Lincoln polished and rehearsed the brief text of his speech which forever established the concept that our government is "...of the people, by the people, for the people..."
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg, Inc., National Park Service / American Battlefield Protection Program
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 7:53am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309111 N 4411356
Decimal Degrees39.83078333, -77.23068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.847', W 77° 13.841'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 50.82" N, 77° 13' 50.46" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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