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Shelling of Carlisle

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, April 2, 2010
1. Shelling of Carlisle Marker
Inscription. James Sullivan, fifteen years old at the time of the shelling of Carlisle on July 1, 1863, stated, "...Mother...convinced of the bombardment...decided we had better get away from our part of town...She...set out with her two reluctant children up Main Street (High St.)...We had reached but a short distance west of the Square when a lively firing by the Confederate batteries began...A shell exploded with a deafening force back by the First Presbyterian Church; another across the street from us....A man...roared at us...'For God's sake, woman, take them children off the street. Do you all want to be killed?' But it was not until we had reached the Methodist Church (southeast corner of Pitt and High)...that mother gave up going on...."

"My further inquiries...that day brought me to conclude that most of the buildings were struck along the main street line. The term 'damage' might suggest exaggeration of the total effects of the shelling. Among conspicuous hits were two on the street wall of the First Presbyterian Church. In front of that building lay a dead horse...probably killed by the shell, the terrific explosion of which near us had so much frightened my mother...."
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is
Historic Photo in Marker image. Click for full size.
Cumberland County Historical Society, April 2, 2010
2. Historic Photo in Marker
Carlisle Town Square
included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 40° 12.093′ N, 77° 11.37′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on W. High Street just from Hanover St.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (here, next to this marker); Cumberland County Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Jim Thorpe (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Forbes Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Return of the Captives (within shouting distance of this marker); Cumberland County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Shelling of Carlisle (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Illustration on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 2, 2010
3. Illustration on Marker
Shelling of Carlisle
Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
4. Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Marker
First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 2, 2010
5. First Presbyterian Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 915 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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