Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Joseph's Valley Camp
"I did not see it multiplied, but saw it there!"
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Sister Mary Jane Stokes, who had charge of the farm and farm workers at St. Joseph's Central House, recorded her experience of feeding the starving Union soldiers.
"The poor fellows looked half-starved, lank as herrings, and barefoot. The Sisters were cutting bread all during the late afternoon and evening and were giving them bread to eat as fast as they came for it. It was afraid there would be no bread left for the Sisters' supper. However there was. After supper, since I was on duty in the kitchen, I went to Mother Ann Simeon, and told her I didn't know what the Sisters would do for breakfast next morning, for they would have no bread. Then I went to see."
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 41.934′ N, 77° 19.645′ W. Marker is in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from South Seton Avenue (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daughters of Charity (here, next to this marker); Gen. John F. Reynolds (here, next to this marker); The White House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmitsburg Sisters of Charity (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Mount Saint Mary's College (was approx. 0.2 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of St. Joseph's College (approx. ¼ mile away); Army of the Potomac (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
More about this marker. In the lower left is a painting of St. Joseph's Academy and Central House of Daughters of Charity by Ludwig Enke, 1873. On the right is a map of the grounds indicating noteworthy buildings and sites. Within the map is a drawing captioned The belfry of the Motherhouse was used by generals for surveillance. In the upper left is a small map indicating Civil War trails sites in the nearby area.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.