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

Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg

Fighting and Photographs

 
 
Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, November 14, 2016
1. Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg Marker
Inscription. "There was no use in fighting any longer. The enemy had deployed and we were trapped. The town was before us, the enemy on either side, and behind us." --Col. John Musser, 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry

On the afternoon of July 1, 1863, Confederate soldiers broke through this position en route to Gettysburg. Dead and wounded soldiers littered the ground in their wake while battle smoke hung in the air. Soon, Southern cannons were unlimbered on this spot while Gen. Robert E. Lee's couriers dashed back and forth. For the next three days, Thompson's property hosted a bustle of activity until the Confederate withdrawal after nightfall on July 4.

Some ten days later, Mathew Brady's cameramen recorded no fewer than seven photographs here including this panorama of Gettysburg. This photo, made from two glass plate images, was recorded from the Dustman house, just steps from where you stand.
 
Erected 2016 by The Civil War Trust and Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 39° 50.106′ N, 77° 14.698′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Chambersburg Pike (Route 30), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least

1864 Map of Battlefield Burials image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, November 14, 2016
2. 1864 Map of Battlefield Burials
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (a few steps from this marker); Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); 95th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Highway Headquarters (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker is one of a group of 5 new markers placed in October, 2016 after the demolition of the Quality Inn and the Appalachian Brewing Company (restaurant) that stood here on the site. The site has been restored to very nearly its 1863 appearance.
 
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Map of the Battle Action on July 1, 1863 image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, November 14, 2016
3. Map of the Battle Action on July 1, 1863
Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, February 20, 2017
4. Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg
This view shows three of the wayside exhibit markers for Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg. From left to right: "Restoring Seminary Ridge," "Fighting and Photographs," and "The Headquarters Complex."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2016, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2016, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on February 23, 2017, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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