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Fairfield in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Field Hospital

 
 
Field Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
1. Field Hospital Marker
Inscription. Wounded of the Sixth U.S. Cavalry and Sixth Virginia Cavalry C.S.A. were cared for in this church building after a severe engagement that took place two miles north of here on July 3, 1863.
 
Erected 1951 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 47.243′ N, 77° 22.13′ W. Marker is in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 116), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the St. John Lutheran Church. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfield PA 17320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfield (within shouting distance of this marker); "Tapeworm Railroad" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jones's Brigade (approx. 2.7 miles away); Sixth Regiment U.S. Cavalry (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lower Marsh Creek Church (approx. 3 miles away); Hugh Culbertson Farm (approx. 3.2 miles away); John Hanson "Hance" Steelman (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Fairfield. Background narrative about the battle along with
Field Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Karl Stelly, 2009
2. Field Hospital Marker
photographs of the battle sites and buildings associated with the battle. The battle of Fairfield was a cavalry action taking place on the last day of the battle of Gettysburg. Here Confederate cavalry blocked a Federal move to cut off this retreat route to the south. (Submitted on August 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Fairfield. Gettysburg Daily article with Civil War authors J.D. Petruzzi Steve Stanley providing part one of a tour the Battle of Fairfield. (Submitted on January 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Field Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
3. Field Hospital Marker
The Lutheran Chuch Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
4. The Lutheran Chuch
Used as a hospital for wounded on both sides.
Field Hospital Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
5. Field Hospital
A house just to the north of the church, used as a hospital during the aftermath from the battle. See photo 5 for close up of the two plaques to the left of the door.
Civil War Building Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
6. Civil War Building
Below a "Civil War Building" plaque, another plaque indicates the building's use during the aftermath from the battle.

Major Samuel S. Starr and other wounded officers of the Sixth U.S. Cavalry were cared for here, July 3, 1863.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,719 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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