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

a site for two legends

 
 
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By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
1. a site for two legends Marker
Inscription. In 1863 one of Gettysburg's earliest weatherboarded buildings stood at this corner, the home of Judge Samuel Russell.

After the battle the body of an unidentified soldier was found in the side yard to its left clutching a photograph of three young children. The country-wide circulation of that photo led to the identification of Sergeant Amos Hummiston, 134th NY regiment, and generated a national concern with the plight of war-orphaned children and a movement to provide needed care.

The present building housed the automobile dealership of Eddie Plank in the early years of the 19th century. Plank was a native son who pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics (1901-19) and is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. A former employee recalled: "Everybody knew Eddie Plank ... you couldn't get in the place."
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc., National Park Service / American Battlefield Protection Program.
 
Location. 39° 49.86′ N, 77° 13.728′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of York Street (U.S. 30) and Stratton Street, on the right when traveling west on York Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
2. Gettysburg Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. a pathway to safety (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettys Crossroads and Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Roll of Honor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "harboring Confederates" (about 300 feet away); Amos Humiston (about 400 feet away); The Wills House (about 500 feet away); Grand Army of the Republic Hall (about 500 feet away); Old Courthouse (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of Plank captioned, Gettysburg's Eddie Plank during his Big League days as a Philadelphia Athletic (1901-1919). Further to the right is a photo of The Judge Russell house ca. 1890, shortly before its demolition. The fenced yard to the left is where Sergeant Humiston was found.
 
Categories. SportsWar, US Civil
 
a site for two legends Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
3. a site for two legends Marker
This photo of the marker was taken from the south side of York Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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