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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A town of southern Pennsylvania east-southeast of Chambersburg. It was the site of a major Union victory in the Civil War (July 1-3, 1863), which checked Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North. The battle and Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address (delivered at the dedication of a cemetery here on November 19, 1863) are commemorated by a national park. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farm, a national historic site, is also in Gettysburg. Population: 8,100.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The name of a battle of the American Civil War fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylavania, in 1863. At this battle, the defeat of General Robert E. Lee's invading Confederate army was a major victory for the Union, and is considered by many a turning point in the war, after which victory by the Confederacy was no longer thought possible. See also gettysburg address.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small town in southern Pennsylvania; site of a national cemetery
  • n. a battle of the American Civil War (1863); the defeat of Robert E. Lee's invading Confederate Army was a major victory for the Union

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