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

the Eagle Hotel

 
 
the Eagle Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. the Eagle Hotel Marker
Inscription. From 1834 to 1960 this site was occupied by the Eagle Hotel building. It was Gettysburg's premier hostelry for most of the 19th century. The advent of automobile and cheaper motels were the source of its downfall midway in the 20th century.

It was always the soldiers favorite. When his cavalry division arrived in Gettysburg on June 30, 1863, General John Buford placed his headquarters at the Eagle Hotel until the battle opened the following morning. For years following the war it was the hotel of choice for Union veterans returning for reunions.

During the retreat of Union forces through the town to Cemetery Hill the intersection here in front of the Eagle was the scene of considerable confusion and brief fighting between pursued and pursuers. While they occupied the town the Confederates ransacked the hotel's liquor and food supply but did no harm to the building.

Funding for this project assisted by NPS / American Battlefield Protection Program
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 49.859′ N, 77° 13.995′ W. Marker was in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker was at the intersection of Chambersburg
the Eagle Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 7, 2013
2. the Eagle Hotel Marker
Street (U.S. 30) and Washington Street, on the right when traveling west on Chambersburg Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Ice House Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Parish House (within shouting distance of this marker); Thaddeus Stevens (within shouting distance of this marker); T.T. Tate House (within shouting distance of this marker); "...expecting to find all dead." (within shouting distance of this marker); Reverend Horatio S. Howell (within shouting distance of this marker); C.W. Hoffman House (within shouting distance of this marker); "...the pathos of those poor wounded men..." (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of The Eagle Hotel, ca. 1888. Originally built as a two story, the hotel was enlarged with a third story in 1857. This is how it appeared in 1863.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Site of the Eagle Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
3. Site of the Eagle Hotel
The location of the hotel is now occupied by a convenience store.
the Eagle Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 5, 2016
4. the Eagle Hotel Marker
The marker was noticed missing on 5/5/2016. It was not seen anywhere on the site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,078 times since then and 167 times this year. Last updated on May 7, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on June 7, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on May 7, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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