“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

“The National Homestead at Gettysburg”

“The National Homestead at Gettysburg” Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2010
1. “The National Homestead at Gettysburg” Marker
Inscription. This building was constructed in 1869 as a dormitory for “The National Homestead at Gettysburg,” a school for soldiers’ orphans established in 1866 in the brick building to your right. Among its first students were Alice, Frank and Frederick Humiston, the children of Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Volunteers, killed at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. The Sergeant’s identity was unknown when his body was discovered with a photograph of his children clutched in his hands. The wide distribution of this photograph led to Humiston’s identification by his widow Philinda, and to a national outpouring of sympathy and donations for the “Children of the Battlefield.” Mrs. Humiston became the first matron, and some 200 students attended before the school closed in 1877.

On July 1, 1993 a memorial to the Humistons was dedicated on the grounds of the Gettysburg Fire Department on North Stratton Street.
Location. 39° 49.337′ N, 77° 13.829′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Baltimore Street (Pennsylvania Route 97), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. 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
Marker in Gettysburg Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2010
2. Marker in Gettysburg
"The Homestead" today provides lodging for visitors to Gettysburg.
. 27th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers' National Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 106th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 300 feet away); Gettysburg Address (about 300 feet away); Army of the Potomac (about 300 feet away); 134th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a photograph depicting “The Homestead building (now 777 and 785 Baltimore Street) in July 1874. The inset photos are of Sgt. Humiston and his three children.”
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,393 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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