Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Gauntlet of Union Retreat and Aftermath
By 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 1863, the Union line had been penetrated and broken along Seminary Ridge. A scene of chaos and confusion ensued as Union artillery galloped along the Chambersburg Pike past the fleeing infantry.
Suddenly, South Carolinians made their appearance on both sides of the Seminary building on top of the ridge. For better security the retreating soldiers crossed over the pike to the other side of the unfinished railroad embankment, only to find that the Southerners were closing in from that direction also. The converging Confederate forces created a "gauntlet" that none of the soldiers would ever forget. According to one survivor "The bullets were flying from each side in a perfect shower. The air seemed so filled that it seemed almost impossible to breathe without inhaling them."
-Mathew Brady's Photograph-
Of all the attention given to the Lutheran Theological Seminary by photographers over the years, the most famous, and arguably the earliest view was recorded by the firm of M. B. Brady. Recorded from a position along the Chambersburg Pike, the view portrays the Seminary just two weeks after the battle, at a time when it was filled with wounded soldiers.
Erected 2013 by The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation. (Marker Number
Marker series. This marker is included in the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° 49.989′ N, 77° 14.559′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on North Hay Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located about 50 yards southwest of the intersection of Buford Avenue (US Route 30) and North Hay Street. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Seminary Comes to Gettysburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gettysburg Seminary (about 400 feet away); Civilians on Seminary Ridge (about 400 feet away); Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum (about 500 feet away); The Seminary Hospital (about 500 feet away); Life as a Seminary Student (about 600 feet away); Manor of Maske (about 600 feet away); Samuel Simon Schmucker Hall (about 600 feet away); Confederate Prisoners of War (about 600 feet away); Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. This marker is Stop 17 (the final stop) on the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Trail.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 5, 6. submitted on December 6, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.