Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Grand Army of the Republic Hall
In 1880, the Methodists sold the building to the trustees of the Corporal J.H. Skelly Post #9 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), a Union veterans organization. Skelly, a Union soldier from Gettysburg, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Winchester, Virginia on June 13, 1863.
During its active years as a GAR Post the building became a true welcome center, with thousands of returning veterans hosted here during frequent "Campfire Meetings." Restored in 1990 by Historic Gettysburg-Adams County, the building is used for community functions and is the home of Camp #112, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1780.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 East Middle Street, 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. Pioneer Organizers of Methodism in Adams County (within shouting distance of this marker); Public School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “bullets . . . rattling against our hospital . . . ” (about 400 feet away); “ . . . in less than half an hour . . . ” (about 400 feet away); The Adams County Prison (about 400 feet away); Politics and "Penelope" (about 400 feet away); a pathway to safety (about 500 feet away); "…sights and sounds…too horrible to describe…" (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a photograph of the post members. Post #9 G.A.R. Union Civil War Veterans pose on November 20, 1913 during the 50th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Photo courtesy Dr. Walter Powell.
Also see . . . G.A.R. Building. From Historic Gettysburg-Adams County, Inc. (Submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,111 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 9. submitted on July 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.