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At the dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery in November of 1863, Reverend Edward Everett spoke for over two hours; President Lincoln confined his memorable address to 272 words. Everett’s fascination with battlefields was matched by his interest in cemeteries. Historian Gary Wills notes that the nineteenth century was marked by a “fascination with death in general and with cemeteries in particular.”1  The English word “cemetery” is derived from the Greek koimeterion or “sleeping...