Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Greatest Sacriﬁce / Prelude to Gettysburg
Prelude to Gettysburg
One of the great debates of our Country's history and legacy is what scholars call "the two Civil Wars": the first a matter of campaigns, generals, and troop movements and the second focusing on the ways that the great conflict affected the daily rhythms of life on farms, and in communities.
Regardless, Gettysburg was the site of the largest battle ever fought on American soil and it involved a great deal more than the resources of one single, famous town.
In six counties near Gettysburg, civilians and militia answered the first call to arms and bravely endured relentless threats and the destruction of
Join us and relive a host of Civil War stories great and small that happened along Pennsylvania’s rural roads and in its village squares. Just look for this Keystone Kepi symbol. It will guide you to a rich and exciting aspect of American History.
Erected by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 56.271′ N, 77° 39.658′ W. Marker is in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Lincoln Way (Route 30). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chambersburg PA 17201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); French & Indian War – Revolutionary War – War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Finding Your Way (within shouting distance of this marker); War Between the States (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Mexican War – Spanish American War – World War (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II – Korean Conflict – Vietnam Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); Chambersburg Founded A.D. 1764 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chambersburg.
More about this marker. The marker displays two illustrations. In the upper right are Union Troops Preparing to Bivouac in Church Pews by James Fuller, courtesy of the Library of Congress. At the bottom is a painting of The Burning of Chambersburg.
Several photographs appear on the Prelude to Gettysburg side of the marker. At the top left is a picture of Colonel William Averett and staff, 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry, 1862, Courtesy of the Library of Congress. The upper right contains a picture of “Market day on the Public Square in Carlisle,
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,265 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.