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

Politics and “Penelope”

 
 
Politics and "Penelope" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. Politics and "Penelope" Marker
Inscription. This is the 1863 site of the COMPILER newspaper office, Gettysburg's weekly "voice" of the Democratic party, and the home of its outspoken publisher Henry Stahle.

During the Battle of Gettysburg Stahle took into his home a badly wounded Union officer and persuaded a Confederate surgeon to come and perform a life-saving leg amputation. This humanitarian act led to Stahle's temporary incarceration at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore for aiding the enemy to capture a Union officer, a baseless charge of disloyalty concocted by a local Republican for political revenge.

The breech of the cannon "Penelope," is seen protruding from the pavement nearby. Traditionally, "Penelope" was fired in Gettysburg's streets to celebrate Democratic election victories but was abruptly silenced in 1855 when an over-charge of powder ruptured her barrel. Fittingly the old political cannon was memorialized in front of the "voice" of the Democratic party.

Funding for this project assisted by NPS / American Battlefield Protection Program
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
 
Location. 39° 49.758′ N, 77° 13.862′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Baltimore Street
The old Compiler Newspaper Office Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
2. The old Compiler Newspaper Office Today
Note "Penelope" to the left of the fire hydrant.
(Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "...sights and sounds...too horrible to describe..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Adams County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Adams County (within shouting distance of this marker); "uncertainty and dread" (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Address Memorial and Abraham Lincoln Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); "...the busiest scene I ever witnessed..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidents Attended Service Here (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field Hospitals - Cavalry Corps (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is A ca. 1895 view of the 1863 Compiler office and adjoining home of Henry Stahle. Note "Penelope" in the pavement by the alley.
 
Also see . . .  Was Henry J. Stahle Disloyal?. Article from Gettysburg Daily discussing the events leading up to Stahle's imprisonment. (Submitted on April 18, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Politics and "Penelope" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
3. Politics and "Penelope" Marker
 
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, US Civil
 
"Penelope" Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
4. "Penelope" Today
The cannon is buried muzzle down in the sidewalk today.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,297 times since then and 136 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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