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Grand Army of the Republic Hall

 
 
Grand Army of the Republic Hall Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
1. Grand Army of the Republic Hall Marker
Inscription. This structure, built in 1822, served as the Methodist Church for nearly 50 years and still retains a portion of the original burial ground at the rear. After the battle, wounded were cared for here by the Catholic Sisters of Charity from nearby Emmitsburg, Maryland.

In 1880, the Methodists sold the building to the trustees of the Corporal J.H. Skelly Post #9 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), a Union veterans organization. Skelly, a Union soldier from Gettysburg, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Winchester, Virginia on June 13, 1863.

During its active years as a GAR Post the building became a true welcome center, with thousands of returning veterans hosted here during frequent "Campfire Meetings." Restored in 1990 by Historic Gettysburg-Adams County, the building is used for community functions and is the home of Camp #112, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
 
Location. 39° 49.778′ N, 77° 13.773′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on East Middle Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 East Middle Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
Grand Army of the Republic Hall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
2. Grand Army of the Republic Hall
The marker is at the right. Two replica cannon, resembling 3-inch Ordnance Rifles, flank the building.
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Organizers of Methodism in Adams County (within shouting distance of this marker); Public School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “bullets . . . rattling against our hospital . . . ” (about 400 feet away); “ . . . in less than half an hour . . . ” (about 400 feet away); The Adams County Prison (about 400 feet away); Politics and "Penelope" (about 400 feet away); a pathway to safety (about 500 feet away); "...sights and sounds...too horrible to describe..." (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a photograph of the post members. Post #9 G.A.R. Union Civil War Veterans pose on November 20, 1913 during the 50th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Photo courtesy Dr. Walter Powell.
 
Also see . . .  G.A.R. Building. From Historic Gettysburg-Adams County, Inc. (Submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWar, US Civil
 
Methodist Church Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
3. Methodist Church
A plaque on the side indicates the dates the building was used as a church.
Memorial In Front of Hall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
4. Memorial In Front of Hall
The memorial lists the names of men killed during the war from Gettysburg and Adams County.
Right Side of Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
5. Right Side of Memorial
Left Side of Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
6. Left Side of Memorial
Back of Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
7. Back of Memorial
One of the Lions on Either Side of the Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
8. One of the Lions on Either Side of the Memorial
Grand Army of the Republic Monument Dedication Detail Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2016
9. Grand Army of the Republic Monument Dedication Detail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   9. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016.
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