To properly bury the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg, the "Soldiers Cemetery" was established on the battleground near the center of the Union line. Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin supported the project and funds were provided by the Commonwealth to purchase ground on Cemetery Hill. Some of the money was also used to pay Samuel Weaver and his laborers for the grisly task of removing Union dead from inadequate gravesites that covered the battlefield and hospital sites. The many southern dead would remain on the field until the 1870s, when they were removed to cemeteries in the south. The Soldiers National Monument was erected in the central portion of the cemetery, promoting the Union victory and the valor of the fallen soldiers.