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

Lee's Headquarters At Gettysburg

The Riggs House

 
 
Lee's Headquarters At Gettysburg - The Riggs House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2018
1. Lee's Headquarters At Gettysburg - The Riggs House Marker
Inscription. In the summer of 1863, Alexander Riggs and his family lived in a house that stood before you, directly across the Chambersburg Pike from Mary Thompsonís. Like most of Gettysburgís dwellings, the Riggs house was caught up in the whirlwind of battle, first, as part of a Union battle line on July 1, and then within Confederate lines until July 5. It served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. In 2016, the Civil War trust employed ground-penetrating radar to locate the foundation of the Riggs house beneath the soil in front of you.
 
Erected by Civil War Trust, Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 39° 50.075′ N, 77° 14.721′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Chambersburg Road (U.S. 30) and Seminary Ridge, on the left when traveling west on Chambersburg Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 385 Lincoln Hwy, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); 95th New York Infantry (within
The Riggs House site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2018
2. The Riggs House site
The disturbed area is the site of the Riggs house foundation/basement, filled in after an archeological dig.
shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); This Breastwork (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
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By Larry Gertner, April 2018
3. Insert
Insert caption: During the fierce fighting in the woods behind you, a 69-year-old Gettysburg named John J. Burns was wounded while fighting alongside Union troops on July 1. He crawled to the Riggs house and collapsed on its cellar door, seen here in this postwar photograph. Courtesy Rochester Museum and Science Center
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By Larry Gertner, April 2018
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Insert caption: For heroically aiding in the defense of his town, John Burns became known as the “:Hero of Gettysburg.” He is seen here roughly two weeks after the battle, recuperating outside his Gettysburg home several hundred yards down the Chambersburg Pike. - Courtesy Library of Congress
The Riggs house site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 2017
5. The Riggs house site
This overgrown lot, site of the Riggs house, was once a satellite parking area for the Quality Inn at the Mary Thompson/Lee's Headquarters house across Chambersburg Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 17, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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