Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg
Fighting and Photographs
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 8
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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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 199 times since then and 4 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.