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

“… the battle itself proved a relief.”

 
 
"… the battle itself proved a relief." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2007
1. "… the battle itself proved a relief." Marker
Inscription. In 1863 this was the home of James and Catherine Foster and their daughter, Catherine. Prior to the battle the town was cut off from communications, and rumors of approaching “Rebels” and the whereabouts of the Union army prompted the younger Catherine to recall that “ … the suspense grew intolerable to which the battle itself proved a relief.”

In light of subsequent events at the house, Catherine’s comment was an overstatement. Risking discovery and certain arrest, she hid a union soldier in the basement. Shortly afterward, a Confederate officer entered and asked: “Are there any Yankees here?” Miss Foster replied: “We are all here. Suppose you call us all 'Yankees'.” Satisfied with her answer, the officer departed.

This close call was not the only excitement, for the house was struck three times by artillery shells, demolishing a bedroom, the kitchen and the rear porch. The Fosters survived, but their ordeal proved that “harm’s way” was not restricted to the battlefield.
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
 
Location. 39° 49.72′ N, 77° 14.005′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of
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By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2007
2. Gettysburg Marker
The marker can be seen to the right of the Foster House.
Washington Street and High Street, on the left when traveling north on Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Washington Street and High Street. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "...run home as quickly as you can." (within shouting distance of this marker); First Home of Seminary and College (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Charity of Emmitsburg (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John L. Burns (about 400 feet away); "...what in your life you will never see again." (about 400 feet away); Agricultural Hall (about 400 feet away); “ . . . I Am Going To Die” (about 400 feet away); The Stevens Log House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker contains a photograph depicting an "August 1863 view of the rear of the Foster house showing the second floor porch (see arrow) where on July 1st Catherine watched the fighting and a shell struck minutes after she went inside."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,193 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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