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

“...the busiest scene I ever witnessed...”

 
 
"...the busiest scene I ever witnessed..." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
1. "...the busiest scene I ever witnessed..." Marker
Inscription. On July 8, 1863, the U.S. Sanitary Commission commandeered the three story Fahnestock Bros. buildings as their "stone house" for food and other supplies. From here these critical provisions were distributed daily to the many field hospitals in and around Gettysburg that serviced over 21,000 wounded left behind by both armies.

The volume of life saving supplies arrived in such quantity that the stone rooms "...up to the ceilings were filled... the sidewalk was monopolized and even the street was encroached upon."

For a few critical days the Sanitary Commission was the primary source of food for both wounded and townspeople. This site in the eyes of one witness was "...the busiest scene I ever witnessed." The immediate crisis quickly passed and by July 25th the premises was returned to the Fahnestock family.

The building has been altered several times since its circa 1810 construction. In 1984 it was substantially rehabilitated for use as senior citizen housing.
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc., National Park Service / American Battlefield Protection Program.
 
Location. 39° 49.796′ N, 77° 13.874′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Street (Business U.S. 15) and West Middle Street, on the right when traveling south on Baltimore Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adams County (within shouting distance of this marker); Adams County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); "...sights and sounds...too horrible to describe..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Politics and "Penelope" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stoever - Schick Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Company K, First Pennsylvania Reserves (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camp Colt Officers Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Return Visit (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of the building in use by the Sanitary Commission. This July 9, 1863, photo shows the encroachment upon the street by Sanitation Commission supplies. During the morning of July 1st the roof of the building was used by General O.O. Howard, commander of the Union 11th Corps, to observe the fighting raging west of the town.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 945 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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