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

“...run home as quickly as you can.”

 
 
"...run home as quickly as you can." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
1. "...run home as quickly as you can." Marker
Inscription. The students of Rebecca Eyster's Young Ladies Seminary were studying in this "old Academy Building" on June 26, 1863. One of those students, Tillie Pierce, described the arrival of the Confederate troops from Seminary Ridge in her book, At Gettysburg: What A Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle. Mrs. Eyster immediately called her students to the front porch to see this 'event,' and told them, "Children, run home as quickly as you can." It did not require repeating.

During the Battle, the building was used as a hospital. Tillie further recalled seeing, "Within those same walls...the wounded and dying heroes...." Neighbors reported that Mrs. Eyster witnessed the skirmishing in the street and was probably frightened when a Confederate shell struck the second story of her school.

Since the 1880's, the Academy building has remained a private residence.
 
Location. 39° 49.708′ N, 77° 13.978′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West High Street and South Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on West High Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 66 West High Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Markers in Front of the Old Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
2. Markers in Front of the Old Academy Building
marker. First Home of Seminary and College (here, next to this marker); “ the battle itself proved a relief.” (within shouting distance of this marker); John L. Burns (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Charity of Emmitsburg (within shouting distance of this marker); “ . . . I Am Going To Die” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "...what in your life you will never see again." (about 500 feet away); The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace (about 500 feet away); The Camp Colt Officers Club (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The photo on the left shows The Gettysburg Academy, ca. 1882. Built in 1813, the Gettysburg Academy served early educational needs and is the birthplace of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (1826) and Pennsylvania (now Gettysburg) College (1832).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Old Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
3. The Old Academy Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,711 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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