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

The Seminary Hospital

 
 
The Seminary Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 10, 2016
1. The Seminary Hospital Marker
Inscription. Near this spot on the afternoon of July 1, 1863, Lt. Col. George F. McFarland, 151th Pennsylvania Volunteers, fell severely wounded as a deadly Confederate crossfire swept Seminary Ridge. Struck in both legs, he fell instantly. A private hoisted McFarland up and carried him in the north end of the Seminary building as rebel forces approached from the west. “I lay on the floor in my blood”, recalled McFarland. Late on July 3, he was placed on a makeshift operating table and his right leg was amputated just below the knee.

Following the Confederate retreat, his wife and two young children traveled to Gettysburg to be by his side. The Seminary hospital provides shelter and comfort for the wounded from both sides until September 16 when McFarland was the last patient to leave. His story is depicted in the museum 3rd floor exhibit. Although his injuries crippled him for life, McFarland later served as the first superintendent of the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ Orphan Schools system in McAlisterville, Pennsylvania.
 
Erected by Seminary Ridge Museum. (Marker Number 8b.)
 
Location. 39° 49.933′ N, 77° 14.65′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Seminary Ridge, on the

Insert - Lt. Col. McFarland's story image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 10, 2016
2. Insert - Lt. Col. McFarland's story
left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum (a few steps from this marker); Samuel Simon Schmucker Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Manor of Maske (within shouting distance of this marker); Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Life as a Seminary Student (within shouting distance of this marker); Valentine Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Union Defense of Seminary Ridge (about 400 feet away); Daniel Alexander Payne (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Regarding The Seminary Hospital. The marker and ambulance were not present when the museum first opened.
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
Insert - the hospital display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 10, 2016
3. Insert - the hospital display
The Seminary Hospital Marker location image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 9, 2013
4. The Seminary Hospital Marker location
The marker in in the vicinity of the benches close to the Seminary Ridge road; this photo predates its installation.
Ambulance image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 10, 2016
5. Ambulance
A period ambulance is displayed near the marker. The red ball indicates it belongs to the First Division of the First Corps.
This is the newest of a series of 18 markers along a walking trail that winds through the area. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 9, 2013
6. This is the newest of a series of 18 markers along a walking trail that winds through the area.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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