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

The Jacob Kime Farm

Confederate Hospital and Burial Ground

 

—Gettysburg: July 1, 1863 —

 
The Jacob Kime Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
1. The Jacob Kime Farm Marker
Inscription. The land in front of you has changed considerably since 1863. During the battle of Gettysburg, Jacob Kime and his family lived in a farmhouse located several hundred yards farther down this lane.

During the afternoon of July 1, 1863, the Confederate brigade of General John B. Gordon launched an attack from the Kime farm's fields that was directed at the Union stronghold across Rock Creek on Barlow Knoll, a half mile to your left. Gordon wrote that his brigade moved forward "under heavy fire over rail and plank fences...crossing a creek whose banks were so abrupt as to prevent a passage excepting at certain points...." The brigade then "rushed upon the enemy with a resolution and spirit...rarely excelled."

Almost immediately, the Kime farmhouse and barn were turned into a Confederate hospital for the wounded and dying Georgians of Gordon's brigade. Before the battle, the family had left their property for safety, but Mr. Kime remained in the basement and "plainly heard the mad cry of the soldiers for morphine when the operations were being performed. However, except in rare cases the morphine was too scarce to be used." The Kime family returned after the battle and discovered that their floors were "piled high with arms and legs that had been amputated from the wounded soldiers."

Three Confederates are
The Jacob Kime Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
2. The Jacob Kime Farm Marker
A closer-in view
known to have been temporarily buried on the Kime farm, including Captain William L. McLeod, 38th Georgia Infantry. He was mortally wounded on July 1, during the climactic afternoon attack. These graves were located in an orchard east of the Kime farmhouse.

Written and Researched by Andrew I. Dalton, GAHS Class of 2015
 
Erected 2013 by Gettysburg Area High School 150th Commemoration Committee.
 
Location. 39° 51.001′ N, 77° 13.176′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Harrisburg Road (Business Route 15) 0 miles north of Johnson Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is on the old farm lane that once led to the farm itself. The lane is about 70 yards north of the animal hospital. The marker is about 90 yards off the Harrisburg Road, on the grounds of the Gettysburg Area High School. 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 different marker also named Jacob Kime Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones's Artillery Battalion (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carrington's Battery - Jones's Artillery Battalion (about
The Jacob Kime Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
3. The Jacob Kime Farm Marker
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700 feet away); Josiah Benner Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Garber's Battery - Jones's Artillery Battalion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tanner's Battery - Jones's Artillery Battalion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Green's Battery - Jones's Artillery Battalion (approx. 0.4 miles away); 54th New York Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
The Jacob Kime Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
4. The Jacob Kime Farm Marker
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Photograph of the Jacob Kime Farm image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
5. Photograph of the Jacob Kime Farm
A post-war view of the Jacob Kime farm, now part of the Gettysburg Area High School campus, NPS
The Jacob Kime Farm image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
6. The Jacob Kime Farm
This is the original farm lane that led to the Kime farm. The farm no longer stands.
The Jacob Kime Farm image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
7. The Jacob Kime Farm
Sign denoting that the farm was used as a Civil War hospital
The Jacob Kime Farm Lane image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
8. The Jacob Kime Farm Lane
This view is looking southeast; cars can be seen driving north along the Harrisburg Road.
General John Brown Gordon image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 20, 2013
9. General John Brown Gordon
General John B. Gordon, C.S.A., National Archives
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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