Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Daughters of Charity
"O, it was beyond description"
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Father James Francis Burlando, C.M., and a group of twelve sisters, taking "baskets of things for the wounded, bandages and other necessaries," were among the first from outside Gettysburg to provide help after the battle. One of the sisters remarked that there was not a woman in sight: "On reaching the Battle grounds, awful! To see the men lying dead on the road some by the side of their horses. O, it was beyond description, hundreds of both armies laying dead almost on the track that the driver had to be careful not to pass over the bodies. O! This picture of human beings slaughtered down by their fellow men in a cruel civil war was perfectly awful." The sisters set up headquarters in McClellan's Hotel (now the Gettysburg Hotel) to provide nursing services.
More than 600 sister nurses from twelve separate religious communities served during the Civil War. Among the
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 41.934′ N, 77° 19.644′ W. Marker is in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from South Seton Avenue (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph's Valley Camp (here, next to this marker); Gen. John F. Reynolds (here, next to this marker); The White House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmitsburg Sisters of Charity (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Mount Saint Mary's College (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (approx. ¼ mile away); Army of the Potomac (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a portrait of Seton who would become the first United States born Catholic saint. In the center is a portrait of Father James Francis Burlando, C.M. (1814-73). In the upper right is a photo of St. Joseph's Academy and Central House of the Daughters of Charity (1867). On the lower right is a drawing from Harpers Weekly depicting one of the sisters providing comfort and spiritual assistance to a wounded soldier.
Also see . . .
1. Sisters of Charity in the Civil War. The Sisters' effort in the war was for the love of God and love of humanity. (Submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. A brief history of the sisterhood. (Submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Daughters of Charity Emmitsburg Province. Today, the Daughters of Charity are an international community of over 21,000 women ministering on all continents throughout 94 countries in the world. Wherever there is human suffering, you will find Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul: happy, dedicated, caring, and creative. (Submitted on July 24, 2008.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,806 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.