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The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site

 
 
The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 18, 2014
1. The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site Marker
This marker is identical to one that can be found on the George Spangler Farm.
Inscription.
From Home to Hospital
About the George Spangler Farm

The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site is one of the most intact Civil War field hospitals used during the battle of Gettysburg. When George Spangler bought the farm in 1848, he had no idea that civil war would erupt thirteen years later and destroy his farmland and crops. For five weeks, from July to August 1863, his family’s homestead was occupied by the Union army’s Eleventh Corps who utilized the buildings and fields as a hospital for some 1,900 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers.

Throughout the years, the Spangler farm has witnessed many changes. Although you can now walk in the footsteps of the Spangler family and soldiers who were treated here, a great deal of work has been done to turn back the years and reveal the property as it was in 1863. The legacy of the George Spangler Farm has been secured through generous donations to the Gettysburg Foundation. The task now is to write the next chapter in the farm’s history and ensure its preservation for centuries to come. As you reflect on the stories of the many people who shaped the history of this place, please consider joining the effort to preserve and rehabilitate this historic site for future generations.
 
Erected by Gettysburg Foundation
The George Spangler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 18, 2014
2. The George Spangler Marker
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Location. 39° 48.698′ N, 77° 13.529′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Baltimore Pike (Pennsylvania Route 97), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located outside the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. 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. The Gettysburg Address (within shouting distance of this marker); Prelude To Gettysburg / Gettysburg Showdown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery K, Fifth U.S. Artillery (about 700 feet away); Battery F, Fourth U.S. Artillery (about 700 feet away); Artillery Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Spangler Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); 10th Maine Battalion (approx. ¼ mile away); Nathaniel Lightner Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. A photograph on the bottom of the marker shows the George Spangler Farm in the 1890s.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker at the Gettysburg Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 18, 2014
3. Marker at the Gettysburg Visitor Center
Buildings at the George Spangler Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2014
4. Buildings at the George Spangler Farm
The Spangler barn (right), farmhouse and summer kitchen can be seen in this photo.
Summer Kitchen image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2014
5. Summer Kitchen
Spangler Farm served as a field hospital during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Confederate Gen. Lewis Armistead died in this building on July 5, 1863 after being wounded at Pickett's Charge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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