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The Gettysburg Post Office and the Civil War

 
 
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1. The Gettysburg Post Office and the Civil War Marker
Inscription.  The Gettysburg Post Office was established on July 1, 1795. At the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Post Office was located at 112 Baltimore Street, the home of Postmaster David A. Buehler. When Confederate troops entered the town on June 26, 1863, Buehler, on hearing that Confederates were capturing and imprisoning postmasters, gathered mail and other important papers and made a harrowing escape to Hanover, 16 miles to the east. From Hanover, he made his way to Philadelphia by train, witnessing the burning of the Columbia Covered Bridge over the Susquehanna River to stop the Confederate advance. After depositing the mail and official papers and hearing about the fierce battle in Gettysburg on July 1st, Buehler began the difficult journey home arriving on July 7th to a town changed forever. Buehler died in 1887 and is buried in Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery.

From the eyewitness account of Fannie J. Buehler, "Recollections of the Rebel Invasion and One Woman's Experience during the Battle of Gettysburg".

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On May 7, 1833, a 24-year-old
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By Devry Jones, February 22, 2019
2. The Gettysburg Post Office and the Civil War Marker
Abraham Lincoln was appointed Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois, serving until May 30, 1836.
 
Location. 39° 49.914′ N, 77° 14.328′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) and Reynolds Street, on the right when traveling west on Lincoln Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Buford Avenue, 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. Chambersburg Pike to the Lincoln Highway (here, next to this marker); 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Infantry (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gettysburg Seminary (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Seminary Comes to Gettysburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gauntlet of Union Retreat and Aftermath (approx. ¼ mile away); Miller Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Samuel Simon Schmucker (approx. ¼ mile away); First Lieutenant Stephen Holden Doane '70 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
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