Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“His recovery . . . is yet considered doubtful”
Six weeks later, Private Silliman had to report to his mother on September 26th:
I have just returned from visiting Sam. He is failing rapidly and is liable to drop away at any moment. He seemed disinclined to talk and wished to sleep. I have made arrangements so that I can have him embalmed, the cost of embalming will be $15,00, box $5.00, Expressage would cost about $24.
Sam died on September 27th, and Private Silliman accompanied the body back to New Canaan. Ironically, just a few weeks before, Silliman observed that "Gettysburg has been an extensive coffin mart & embalmers harvest field...these coffin speculators made an enormous profit."
Erected by Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association.
Location. Click for map. Marker is located in a shopping complex, south of York Road (US Highway 30). 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. "The sight of blood never again affected me" (here, next to this marker); Location of Field Hospitals (approx. 0.2 miles away); W.H. Monfort Farm (approx. half a mile away); Manor of Maske (approx. 0.7 miles away); Massie's Battery - Nelson's Battalion (approx. 0.7 miles away); Kirkpatrick's Battery - Nelson's Battalion (approx. ¾ mile away); Lincoln's Gettysburg Speech (approx. ¾ mile away); Nelson's Battalion (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. In the upper right is a portrait of Justis Silliman, courtesy of the New Canaan Historical Society. In the lower right is a photo of an "Operating Tent" at Camp Letterman taken in the fall of 1863. Photo courtesy of William A. Frassanito.
Also see . . . Camp Letterman Tour. Collection of articles from Gettysburg Daily, featuring Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak. (Submitted on May 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,620 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.