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

a pathway to safety

 
 
a pathway to safety Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
1. a pathway to safety Marker
Inscription. Members of the beaten Union 11th Corps fled pursuing Confederates along this portion of Stratton Street in the late afternoon of July 1, 1863, seeking the protection of friendly lines on Cemetery Hill, a quarter mile beyond the crest in the background. General Carl Schurz reported on the retreat, “ . . . the streets were filled with vehicles of every description . . . a considerable number of men were taken prisoner by the enemy . . .”

This photograph provides a rare view of the battle period streetscape of the eastern portion of Gettysburg. Although taken ca. 1867 little change from July 1863 is in evidence (including the muddy street). The horse with rider stands in the intersection with E Middle Street. The 2-½ story wooden house at the left of the horseman, the German reformed Church (now Trinity) in the center background and the public school building in the far right background (with bell cupola) all remain standing today.
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
 
Location. 39° 49.849′ N, 77° 13.741′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of S Stratton Street and York Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling south on S Stratton
Gettysburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
2. Gettysburg Marker
Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the southwest corner of the intersection. 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. a site for two legends (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettys Crossroads and Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); "harboring Confederates" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roll of Honor (about 400 feet away); Amos Humiston (about 400 feet away); Grand Army of the Republic Hall (about 500 feet away); The Wills House (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Wills House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a photograph depicting “South Stratton Street, ca. 1867. Confederate General Jubal Early’s troops occupied this part of town from the evening of July 1 through July 3, 1863.”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker on Stratton Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
3. Marker on Stratton Street
a pathway to safety Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
4. a pathway to safety Marker
The marker is seen in this photo taken from the north side of York Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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