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

“...what in your life you will never see again.”

 
 
"...what in your life you will never see again." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. "...what in your life you will never see again." Marker
Inscription. This building was the Professor Michael Jacobs residence which remained in the family from 1934 until 1901. One of the town's leading citizens, Professor Jacobs was a member of the Gettysburg College faculty from its foundation in 1832 until his death, and the organizer of the Gettysburg Gas Works in 1859.

A keen observer and recorder of events and facts, Jacobs published the first book on the Gettysburg Campaign in the fall of 1863 and noted the temperature and weather at precise intervals on each of the three days of the battle.

Following the cessation of the great cannonade on July 3rd he sensed a critical moment in the struggle was at hand. Leaving the cellar for the garret he observed Pickett's men advancing on the Union center. Prophetically he called to his son Henry. "Quick! Come! Come! You can see now what in your life wyou will never see again."
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
 
Location. 39° 49.786′ N, 77° 14.006′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West Middle Street (State Highway 116) and South Washington Street, on the right when traveling west on West Middle Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
"...what in your life you will never see again." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
2. "...what in your life you will never see again." Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stevens Log House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Camp Colt Officers Club (about 400 feet away); “ the battle itself proved a relief.” (about 400 feet away); Parish House (about 400 feet away); the Eagle Hotel (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Reverend Horatio S. Howell (about 500 feet away); Civil War Hospital (about 500 feet away); "...the pathos of those poor wounded men..." (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right are portraits of Professor Michael Jacobs, ca. 1863 and Henry Jacobs, ca. 1862. Henry was 18 years old at the time of the battle. (Photos courtesy Gettysburg College.)
 
Also see . . .  Notes on the Rebel Invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. The book written by Professor Jacobs after the battle. (Submitted on May 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. EducationWar, US Civil
 
The Jacobs House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
3. The Jacobs House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,259 times since then and 115 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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