Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
"…expecting to find all dead."
On the morning of July 1st, Mary McAllister went across the street to the Christ Lutheran Church to volunteer as a nurse.
During the Union retreat through town that afternoon, Mary braved the combatants and bullets in the street and returned home to find her front step "...covered with blood," and cautiously entered, "...expecting to find [her family] all dead."
Her fears were unfounded. The Scotts were unharmed and busy attending a crowd of wounded and unwounded Union soldiers seeking aid and shelter inside the building. Confederates arrived and captured the soldiers without incident; the severely wounded were permitted to remain in the family's care. The house served as a hospital to these wounded until after the Confederate retreat.
Funding for this project assisted by NPS / American Battlefield Protection Program
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 1, 1775.
Location. 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. Thaddeus Stevens (a few steps from this marker); "…the pathos of those poor wounded men…" (a few steps from this marker); Reverend Horatio S. Howell (a few steps from this marker); The James Gettys Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Christ Lutheran Church (a few steps from this marker); Parish House (a few steps from this marker); Ice House Complex (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "… It was enough to frighten us to death!" (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of The Scott-McAllister house (middle building) ca. 1885. Mary McAllister is seen standing by the open doorway to their general merchandise store operated on the 1s floor.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,175 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.