Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“… the battle itself proved a relief.”
In light of subsequent events at the house, Catherine’s comment was an overstatement. Risking discovery and certain arrest, she hid a union soldier in the basement. Shortly afterward, a Confederate officer entered and asked: “Are there any Yankees here?” Miss Foster replied: “We are all here. Suppose you call us all 'Yankees'.” Satisfied with her answer, the officer departed.
This close call was not the only excitement, for the house was struck three times by artillery shells, demolishing a bedroom, the kitchen and the rear porch. The Fosters survived, but their ordeal proved that “harm’s way” was not restricted to the battlefield.
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
Topics. War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 49.72′ N, 77° 14.005′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and High Street, on the left when traveling north on Washington Street. Marker is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Washington Street and High Street. 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. Catherine Foster (here, next to this marker); "...run home as quickly as you can." (within shouting distance of this marker); First Home of Seminary and College (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Jack" Hopkins House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Charity of Emmitsburg (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John L. Burns (about 400 feet away); "...what in your life you will never see again." (about 400 feet away); Agricultural Hall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker contains a photograph depicting an "August 1863 view of the rear of the Foster house showing the second floor porch (see arrow) where on July 1st Catherine watched the fighting and a shell struck minutes after she went inside."
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,351 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.