Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Born at Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, Elsie Singmaster came to Gettysburg in 1901 where her father taught and served as president of the Seminary. A prolific writer for almost 50 years, Elsie Singmaster authored more than 300 short stories and nearly 40 books. Her stories appeared in such magazines as Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Atlantic Monthly. Two of her favorite topics were Pennsylvania Germans and the Battle of Gettysburg. The setting for her novel Swords of Steel (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1933) was right here on Seminary Ridge. It was a Newberry Award honor book in 1934. For many years Elsie Singmaster Lewars lived in the house which bears her name just across the lawn from this spot. She was a prominent citizen of Gettysburg and a highly respected woman of her time.
Erected 2013 by The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation. (Marker Number 14.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° 50.027′ N, 77° 14.705′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Seminary Ridge Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stevens' Battery (a few steps from this marker); Ewell's Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); This Breastwork (within shouting distance of this marker); Habitat of Seminary Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); 95th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Headquarters At Gettysburg (about 300 feet away); Civilians on Seminary Ridge (about 400 feet away); Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. This marker is Stop 14 on the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Trail.
Also see . . . Elsie Singmaster Biography. (Submitted on July 19, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 4, 5. submitted on December 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 6, 7. submitted on July 14, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.