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

“... It was enough to frighten us to death!”

 
 
"... It was enough to frighten us to death!" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
1. "... It was enough to frighten us to death!" Marker
Inscription. On the afternoon of June 26, 1863, Confederate cavalry dashed up Chambersburg Street and into the square. Shocked and frightened citizens fled the streets. Sara Broadhead recorded in her diary: "They came with such horrid yells that it was enough to frighten us to death!"

Confederate infantry soon followed, many busying themselves by shopping in local stores and paying the merchants with unwelcome Confederate money. Others set about looting several R.R. cars before burning them along with a nearby R.R. bridge. That evening a regimental band playing in the square serenaded the town with the tune DIXIE.

Anxious citizens arose the next morning to find the Confederates gone from Gettysburg, moving east toward York.
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc., National Park Service / American Battlefield Protection Program.
 
Location. 39° 49.87′ N, 77° 13.883′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Carlisle Street (Business U.S. 15) and Chambersburg Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling south on Carlisle Street. Click for map. Located on the northwest, outside quadrant of the Gettysburg traffic circle. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
"... It was enough to frighten us to death!" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
2. "... It was enough to frighten us to death!" Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "by the skin of our teeth" (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Square Building (within shouting distance of this marker); "It seemed so awful..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Company K, First Pennsylvania Reserves (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stoever - Schick Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Wills House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wills House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a depiction of the Confederate arrival at Gettysburg. Troopers of the 35th VA. Battalion gallop into the "Diamond," intimidating citizens with shouts and pistol shots, described by Charles Tyson as "...some in blue and some in gray." Painting by Dale Gallon, 1993.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Another View of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
3. Another View of the Marker
Looking across the traffic circle.
The Diamond image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
4. The Diamond
The traffic circle in the center of Gettysburg evolved from "The Diamond."
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,465 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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