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

Temples of Mercy

 
 
Temples of Mercy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. Temples of Mercy Marker
Inscription. The churches of Gettysburg were the first to offer their facilities to serve the needs of wounded soldiers borne from the battlefield on July 1st. Public buildings and many private homes followed the lead in showing care and mercy.

As soon as the churches opened their doors, ambulances arrived with their fightful cargo. The work to restore the mutilated bodies began, continuing around the clock. Postoperative care and food preparation fell mainly to the tireless efforts of women volunteers.

It was a scene of immense suffering! Agnes Barr, a member helping at the Presbyterian Church, recalled, "the shrieks and groans of the wounded were heart rending."

Churches continued to be used as hospitals after the armies departed, causing parishioners to forego normal services, prompting Sallie Broadhead to note in her diary, "we have had no Sundays...the churches have all been converted into hospitals."
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
 
Location. 39° 49.701′ 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 East High Street, on the right when traveling north on Baltimore Street. Click for map. Located
Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
2. Presbyterian Church
The marker is on the right near the church message board.
in front of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field Hospitals - Cavalry Corps (a few steps from this marker); Presidents Attended Service Here (a few steps from this marker); The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Address Memorial and Abraham Lincoln Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); "uncertainty and dread" (within shouting distance of this marker); “ . . . I Am Going To Die” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John L. Burns (about 300 feet away); Sisters of Charity of Emmitsburg (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 photo of the church as it appeared around 1880. (Caption is rather worn and hard to read.)
 
Also see . . .  History of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. (Submitted on May 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
3. American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
The church is listed by the Presbyterian Historical Society as historical site number 94.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 67 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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