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

“uncertainty and dread”

 
 
"uncertainty and dread" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. "uncertainty and dread" Marker
Inscription. Following the retreat of Union forces to Cemetery Hill on the afternoon of July 1, 1863, the Confederates occupied the town of Gettysburg until early morning, July 4th. The main Confederate battle line facing the Union forces on Cemetery Hill ran east to west here, along High and Middle Streets.

Life for Gettysburg citizens during Confederate occupation was both confining and dangerous. Families sought safety in their cellars. Bullets flew across the streets and errant shells occasionally struck buildings. Albertus McCreary, whose house was nearby (now the site of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church), recalled, "the bullets were continually flying across our yard, so that none of us dared to go out."

Despite the constant danger only a few civilians were hurt and only one, Jennie Wade, was killed. The real suffering was from mental anxiety. In the words of one townsperson, "every hour was one of uncertainty and dread."
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
 
Location. 39° 49.726′ N, 77° 13.859′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Street (Business U.S. 15) and High Street, on the right when traveling north on Baltimore Street. Click for map
"uncertainty and dread" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
2. "uncertainty and dread" Marker
. 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. Gettysburg Address Memorial and Abraham Lincoln Statue (here, next to this marker); Presidents Attended Service Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Hospitals - Cavalry Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); Temples of Mercy (within shouting distance of this marker); Politics and "Penelope" (within shouting distance of this marker); “ . . . I Am Going To Die” (within shouting distance of this marker); "...sights and sounds...too horrible to describe..." (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a painting by Don Troiani captioned, A Gettysburg family suffers through the battle in the safety of a cellar.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker Location at the Intersection Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
3. Marker Location at the Intersection
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,156 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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