Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
For the Union Cause
The Norris-Wachob Alumni House
When Confederate troops occupied the Gettysburg College campus on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, College President Dr. Baugher and his family found themselves in Confederate territory. Even so, the family risked imprisonment to harbor wounded Union soldiers in their on-campus home, known as the White House. Despite repeated searches, the soldiers went undetected.
One of the men in the Baughers' care, Private George Kimball of the 12th Massachusetts, later praised the family, especially the President's daughter Alice. Though shells were frequently bursting about the grounds, the fragments were frequently bursting about the grounds, the fragments crashing against the walls of the building and tearing limbs from trees in the yard," Kimball wrote, Alice "paused not in her noble work nor shrank from any danger, however great."
Other College faculty members
The battle had turned homes into hospitals and civilians into medics. It would take the town and the College months to recover from the vast damage inflicted during the three-day battle. Still the faculty later asserted that they "would be willing to suffer the same thing over again for the same cause."
Professor Michael Jacobs provided one of the first eye-witness accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg. Jacobs monitored the battle from his home at 101 West Middle Street, all the while taking copious notes. Within months of the battle, he published Notes on the Rebel Invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania and the Battle of Gettysburg, a book compiled from his observations. The account quickly became a valuable primary source and established Gettysburg College's longstanding tradition of premier Civil War scholarship.
The "White House" (now the Norris-Wachob Alumni House), shown in the foreground, first housed Dr. Baugher and his family in 1860. It is one of two surviving Civil War-era buildings on campus.
Dr. Baugher, also a Lutheran minister, gave the benediction of the dedication of Soldiers National Cemetery which followed President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Erected by Gettysburg College.
Location. 39° 50.056′ N, 77° 14.097′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Penn Hall Drive north of West Water Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Lieutenant Stephen Holden Doane '70 (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); The College Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.A. Signal Station (within shouting distance of this marker); "United to Serve" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle Arrives (about 400 feet away); Daniel Alexander Payne (about 500 feet away); Dwight D. Eisenhower (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
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