actual town of Gettysburg is very historical. Many of the buildings date
back to the War and this is indicated by a little plaque on the frontCivil
A few of the buildings, such as Dobbin House (a restaurant) even date
to Revolutionary times. Dobbin House was a station on the Underground
Railroad during the Civil War. You can see actual little cubby holes where
slaves would hide on their way to Canada and freedom. You can take a walking
tour of the town and still see bullet and shell marks on some of the
|There are two other important landmarks
within the townthe Lutheran Seminary and
Gettysburg College. The Lutheran Seminary, located on Seminary Ridge,
was important during the first day's fighting (July 1). Union
General John Buford used the cupola of one of the buildings to observe
the battle as well as to keep a lookout for General John F. Reynolds and
his reinforcements. By the end of the day, the
My BFC in front of the seminary building.
Confederate forces pushed the Union army back
through town, where the Union regrouped to Cemetery Ridge. Its said that
General Robert E. Lee then used the same cupola for observation.
Observation tower on Seminary Ridge.
the time of the war what is now known as Gettysburg College was then called
Pennsylvania College. Many of the campus buildings were used as hospitals.
Several of these same buildings are now used as dorms and many are thought
to be haunted...
|Almost all of the towns Civil War Buildings
were used as hospitals
during the battle and for several months afterwardsfrom barns to churches,
schools and residences. At the time
of the battle, the townspeople were very afraid of the Southerners (Chambersburg,
a nearby town, had been burned by the Confederates). But as the battle
progressed, the townspeople readily took wounded soldiers into their homes,
regardless of which side they had fought on.
BMC and BFC are rather proud that they own real estate in Gettysburg.
My BMC bought these bricks
, with their names inscribed as an anniversary gift (how romantic!). They
are standing with their toes pointing to their names. Their bricks are
located right in front
of the Wills House, where Abraham Lincoln stayed the night before
he gave his Gettysburg Address in the National Cemetery.
The town of Gettysburg sells these bricks (which are placed in the town
square). Proceeds from these brick sales go to preserving the center of
town to the way it looked at the time of the war!
|For more information about the town or if
you want to plan a trip yourself, check out the Gettysburg
My BMC cleaning his brick in front
of the Will's House.
So how come they didnt buy me a brick...?
Last updated: August 2000
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