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

“...expecting to find all dead.”

 
 
"...expecting to find all dead." Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. "...expecting to find all dead." Marker
Inscription. In 1863 this building was the home of the John and Martha Scott family, and Martha's sister, Mary McAllister.

On the morning of July 1st, Mary McAllister went across the street to the Christ Lutheran Church to volunteer as a nurse.

During the Union retreat through town that afternoon, Mary braved the combatants and bullets in the street and returned home to find her front step "...covered with blood," and cautiously entered, "...expecting to find [her family] all dead."

Her fears were unfounded. The Scotts were unharmed and busy attending a crowd of wounded and unwounded Union soldiers seeking aid and shelter inside the building. Confederates arrived and captured the soldiers without incident; the severely wounded were permitted to remain in the family's care. The house served as a hospital to these wounded until after the Confederate retreat.

Funding for this project assisted by NPS / American Battlefield Protection Program
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
 
Location. 39° 49.857′ N, 77° 13.95′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Chambersburg Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
"...expecting to find all dead." Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2013
2. "...expecting to find all dead." Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thaddeus Stevens (a few steps from this marker); "...the pathos of those poor wounded men..." (a few steps from this marker); Reverend Horatio S. Howell (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Parish House (a few steps from this marker); the Eagle Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Ice House Complex (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "... It was enough to frighten us to death!" (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of The Scott-McAllister house (middle building) ca. 1885. Mary McAllister is seen standing by the open doorway to their general merchandise store operated on the 1s floor.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
"...expecting to find all dead." Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2013
3. "...expecting to find all dead." Marker
Site of the Scott House Today Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
4. Site of the Scott House Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,762 times since then and 130 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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