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

Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door

 
 
Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 8, 2013
1. Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker
Inscription.
Originally the Seminary's main building (1832), Schmucker Hall now serves as the Seminary Ridge Museum presenting Civil War exhibits on the first day of the battle, care of the wounded, the religious conflict over slavery, and the experience of African Americans in their struggle for freedom.

Field Hospital July-September 1863
From the first shots on July 1st the building became a refuge for the wounded and a major fixed field hospital. It remained so until mid-September, treating more than 600 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers inside and on the grounds. "It was a ghastly sight to see some of the men lying in pools of blood on the bare floor. Nights and days were alike spent in trying to alleviate the suffering of the wounded and dying," wrote young Lydia Ziegler of her experiences here. Following the battle, medical personnel struggled to save lives with limited staff and severe shortages of food, instruments, and supplies.

The "Peace Portico" before you was added in 1914 as a memorial to those treated and to create a proper entrance to replace what had been for nearly a century the building's back door.

We invite you to visit the museum. The entrance is on the opposite side of the building.
 
Erected 2013 by The Seminary Ridge Historic
Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 8, 2013
2. Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker
A closeup of the text
Preservation Foundation. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour marker series.
 
Location. 39° 49.925′ N, 77° 14.673′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Schmucker Hall, now known as the Seminary Ridge Museum. It is about 300 yards south of the intersection with Buford Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Seminary Ridge Avenue, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Simon Schmucker Hall (here, next to this marker); Manor of Maske (here, next to this marker); The Seminary Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Life as a Seminary Student (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Defense of Seminary Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Valentine Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Daniel Alexander Payne (about 400 feet away); Third Richmond Howitzers (was about 500 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Samuel Simon Schmucker (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker.
Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 8, 2013
3. Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker
This marker is Stop 8 on the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Trail.
 
Categories. EducationWar, US Civil
 
Schmucker Hall Peace Portico image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 8, 2013
4. Schmucker Hall Peace Portico
A closeup of the photo on the marker. This was originally the building's back door.
Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 8, 2013
5. Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker
Teen-aged Lydia Ziegler resided with her family on the first floor of Old Dorm at the time of the battle.
Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
6. Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker
Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
7. Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door Marker
Schmucker Hall image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, July 8, 2013
8. Schmucker Hall
Schmucker Hall as it appears today. The marker can be seen in the shadows directly in front of the Peace Portico.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 13, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   6, 7. submitted on December 7, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   8. submitted on July 13, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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