Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
U.S. Field Hospitals at Gettysburg
“The Wounded of Gettysburg”
These words were written by an army surgeon who operated on some of the 27,000 wounded involved in furious combat during the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought just north of here on July 1st – 3rd, 1863.
Following the battle, nearly 10,000 of both Union and Confederate injured soldiers were concentrated into a vast network of military field hospitals set up by the U.S. Army of the Potomac. These field hospitals were located just a short walk from where you now stand.
For six to eight weeks during July and August of the summer of death, these field medical stations provided basic care under extreme weather conditions while facing shortages of proper food and medicine.
Some of the locations still exist on this ground. The Old Aaron Sheely farm contained overflow patients from the adjacent hospitals,
Here you are surrounded by history. While in Gettysburg take advantage of this opportunity to visit the battlefield and contemplate the sacrifices made by Americans so long ago.
Our sculpture of flags has been designed by Fernando Vazquez as a symbol honoring he reunification of the thirty-five states torn apart by the bitter fighting of the Civil War.
Every state in the union during the Civil War is represented by their state flag in a cluster, with the flag of the United States of America triumphantly rising above.
This sculpture of flags moves with the wind symbolizing the enduring freedom of the United States. Each state flag represents the uniqueness and individuality of that state, yet all are unified under the stars and stripes commemorating the “Unity” of a nation.
“Unity” is located on the Route 15 side of Gettysburg Village.
Location. 39° 47.533′ N, 77° 12.148′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Gettysburg Village Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named U.S. Field Hospitals at Gettysburg (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named U.S. Field Hospitals at Gettysburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Daniel Sheaffer Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); Field Hospitals - First Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away); Field Hospitals - Fifth Corps (approx. 0.7 miles away); Field Hospitals - Twelfth Corps (approx. 0.7 miles away); George Bushman Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away); Field Hospitals - Second Corps (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a map showing the local area with the locations of Civil War field hospitals and encampments.
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