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

Gettysburg National Military Park

 
 
Gettysburg National Military Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Gettysburg National Military Park Marker
Inscription.  Established by Act of Congress approved February 11, 1895 by which the Secretary of War was authorized to receive all lands and improvements which belonged to the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, a corporation chartered by the State of Pennsylvania 1864 to acquire other lands on the Battlefield for the purposes of the Park (not exceeding in area the parcels shown on the map prepared by Major-Gen Daniel E. Sickles U.S.A. and then on file in the office of the Secretary of War) which subject to the supervision and direction of the Secretary of War should be in charge of the Commissioners theretofore appointed by him under Act of Congress approved March 3 1893 and their successors.

The Commissioners were directed to ascertain and definitely mark the lines of battle of all troops engaged in the battle of Gettysburg within the limits of the Park or adjacent thereto subject to the approval of the Secretary of War.

522 1/4 acres of land were conveyed by the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association to the United States pursuant to the act of 1895.

The Secretaries of War under whose approval the work has been done were
Close Up of the Text image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, January 23, 2010
2. Close Up of the Text
Daniel S. Lamont, Russell A. Alger, Elihu Root, and Wm. H. Taft.

The Commissioners were Lieut. Colonel John P. Nicholson, Chairman, Penna., John B. Bachelder, Mass. and Brig-General Wm. H. Forney, Alabama appointed by the Secretary of War under the Act approved March 3, 1893. General Forney died January 16 1894, Major Wm. M. Robbins of North Carolina was appointed March 13 1894. Mr. Bachelder died December 22, 1894. Major Charles A. Richardson of New York was appointed April 25, 1895. Major Robbins died May 3, 1905. Major-Gen. Lunsford L. Lomax of Virginia was appointed May 17, 1905.

Lieut. Colonel E. B. Cope, Engineer S. Aug. Hammond Asst.-Engineer, Hays W. Mattern Draughtsman.
 
Erected 1908 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft series list.
 
Location. 39° 49.023′ N, 77° 14.077′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Located west of the parking area for the old Visitor Center, near Ziegler's Grove in Gettysburg National Military
Gettysburg National Military Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
3. Gettysburg National Military Park Marker
Park. 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. Alexander Hays (within shouting distance of this marker); 90th Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); First Massachusetts Sharpshooters (within shouting distance of this marker); 126th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery G, Second U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery I First U.S. Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 108th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
 
Also see . . .  Bachelder Maps. One of several sets maps prepared by Bachelder during his study of the battlefield. (Submitted on December 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
John B. Bachelder and Wife on the Battlefield image. Click for full size.
4. John B. Bachelder and Wife on the Battlefield
Bachelder did more than any other person, save perhaps General Sickles, to help preserve the battlefield at Gettysburg.

(Source: Wikipedia)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,482 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on January 23, 2010, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on December 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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