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

Civilians on Seminary Ridge

 
 
Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 12, 2013
1. Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker
Inscription.
Curious townspeople gathered near the Seminary on the morning of July 1, "all eager to witness a brush with the Confederates and not dreaming of the terrible conflict that was to occur on that day." As soon as the fighting began in earnest, however, the spectators and the occupants of the ridge, ran into the town according to one witness "at a speed greater than double quick."

The Rev. Charles Philip Krauth, professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, and his family occupied the brick house before you. Like every other structure in the area it was soon filled with the wounded and dying. Following the capture of the ridge, Krauth and his family were forced to flee westward through the Confederate lines to safety. They returned to find their home ransacked and their possessions scattered over the lawn. On July 9, 1863, Krauth wrote: "After almost incredible escapes from destruction and death raging around us, we are alive in good health and greatly comforted....Our loss will be very considerable but we are not sorrowing our losses but rejoicing in our deliverance."

In the small stone house across the Lincoln Highway behind you, Mary Jane Arendt Thompson gave birth on June 30, 1863. The child, who lived only eight months, was named Jane Meade Thompson, and is thought to be the youngest resident of Gettysburg
Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 12, 2013
2. Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker
A closeup of the text
at the time of the battle.
 
Erected 2013 by The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour marker series.
 
Location. 39° 50.038′ N, 77° 14.629′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Buford Avenue. Click for map. Marker is about 115 yards east of the intersection of Buford Avenue (US Route 30) and Seminary Ridge Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); This Breastwork (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ewell's Corps (about 300 feet away); 95th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away); Stevens' Battery (about 300 feet away); Elsie Singmaster (about 400 feet away); The Gauntlet of Union Retreat and Aftermath (about 400 feet away); Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker.
Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 12, 2013
3. Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker
The Krauth House in an early 20th Century photograph (from the marker)
This marker is Stop 16 on the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Trail.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.EducationWar, US Civil
 
Reverend Charles Philip Krauth (1797-1867) image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 12, 2013
4. Reverend Charles Philip Krauth (1797-1867)
Closeup of photo from the marker
The Krauth House (Rear) image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 14, 2013
5. The Krauth House (Rear)
Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
6. Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker
Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
7. Civilians on Seminary Ridge Marker
The Krauth House image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 8, 2013
8. The Krauth House
This was the home of Rev. Charles Philip Krauth and family at the time of the battle. The address is 191 Seminary Ridge Avenue.
The Thompson House image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 14, 2013
9. The Thompson House
On Seminary Ridge, this served as General Lee's headquarters for most of the battle
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   6, 7. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   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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