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

Well, Look What We Found!

 
 
Well, Look What We Found! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2014
1. Well, Look What We Found! Marker
Inscription.  
At the height of preservation work on the Spangler summer kitchen, this previously unknown well was discovered. After further investigation and interviews with previous caretakers of the property, it was revealed that the well was used for many years in farming operations. According to oral histories, after long, dry summers, this well usually ran dry; thus, the family eventually removed the well pump and covered it over. Could the Spanglers and hospital patients have been faced with these same conditions in July 1863?
 
Erected 2014 by Gettysburg Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureNatural ResourcesWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1863.
 
Location. 39° 48.075′ N, 77° 13.271′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Blacksmith Shop Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located by the summer kitchen on the George Spangler Farm. 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
Well Marker at the George Spangler Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2014
2. Well Marker at the George Spangler Farm
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marker. Armistead Death Site (a few steps from this marker); A Temporary Resting Place (a few steps from this marker); A Family Who Would Not Leave Their Home (a few steps from this marker); Food Preservation of the Past (a few steps from this marker); A Farm Transformed by War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trademark of Craftsmen (within shouting distance of this marker); A Hospital Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
 
More about this marker. A photograph on the right side of the marker depicts the well when it was re-discovered in 2013.
 
Well Marker at the Summer Kitchen image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2014
3. Well Marker at the Summer Kitchen
Gen. Lewis Armistead, CSA, died in this summer kitchen two days after being wounded during Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg. The marker can be seen on the left of the building.
Well at the George Spangler Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2014
4. Well at the George Spangler Farm
Doctors and nurses may have used water from this well when treating patients at the field hospital located at this farm.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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