Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
"...sights and sounds...too horrible to describe..."
The arrival of the Union and Confederate armies in the summer of 1863 forced the courthouse into unconventional uses. On June 26th, Confederate troops temporarily held the town and according to Margaretta Kendelhart, "...Rebels...occupied the Court House during the night..."
Five days later the great battle at Gettysburg began. The carnage created a new role for the courthouse, one of an army hospital. Beginning on July 1st, the grim work of the surgeons continued well after the armies departed.
Fannie Buehler, living opposite the courthouse (at 112), vividly described the scene: "The sights and sounds at the Court House for a week after the battle are too horrible to describe... Limbs were amputated amid the cries and groans of suffering humanity... Loads of arms and legs...were carted outside of town to be burned or buried."
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Location. 39° 49.77′ N, 77° 13.875′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Street (Business U.S. 15) and West Middle Street, on the right when traveling south on Baltimore Street. Located in front of the courthouse. 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. Adams County World War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Adams County (a few steps from this marker); Politics and "Penelope" (within shouting distance of this marker); "...the busiest scene I ever witnessed..." (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camp Colt Officers Club (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "uncertainty and dread" (about 300 feet away); Gettysburg Address Memorial and Abraham Lincoln Statue (about 300 feet away); “ . . . I Am Going To Die” (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a drawing of The first courthouse in Lincoln Square. Augustus Kollner sketch looking towards Chambersburg Street, May 1840. Below it is a photo of The second Adams County Courthouse, ca. 1915. The rear "T" section was added in 1909.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,659 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.