Bliss Farm at Gettysburg

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Hotly Contested Area on the Gettysburg Battlefield

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Markers in the distance honor the men who fought here and deliniate the site of the William Bliss Farm that once existed here. Mid-left, in front of the trees, honors the 14th Connecticut Infantry. The clump of earth behind it is the remains of the earthen ramp that once [Read More ...]

Sophronia Bucklin

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Civil War Nurse from New York

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Nurse at Camp Letterman General Hospital
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Born in New York State in 1828, Sophronia Bucklin was a seamstress before the war, but put aside her needle and thread to nurse wounded Union soldiers. In her memoirs, In Hospital and Camp: A Woman's Record of Thrilling Incidents among [Read More ...]

Mary Thompson House

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General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg

Image: Thompson House before the Battle of Gettysburg

This one and a half story stone house sits on Seminary Ridge, west of the town of Gettysburg, on the north side of the Chambersburg Pike. On July 1, 1863 General Robert E. Lee established his headquarters here. It was an ideal location, at the [Read More ...]

Slyder Farm

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Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield

John Slyder married Catherine Study in Carroll County, Maryland on September 25, 1838, and the couple soon moved to Gettysburg. In the 1840s the Slyders resided on South Washington Street in town, and John went into business with a local potter named Edward Menchey.

An 1847 an advertisement in the Adams Sentinel also listed Slyder's [Read More ...]

Lydia Leister Farm

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Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg farmer James Leister died in 1859, leaving his wife Lydia Leister and five children, ranging in age from 21 to 3. In March 1861, the widow Leister purchased a nine acre farm on Taneytown Road from Henry Bishop, Sr. for the sum of $900. The property included a modest, wood frame house with a [Read More ...]

Trostle Farm

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Heroism and Sacrifice at Trostle Farm

In July 1863, the Trostle Farm south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was owned by Peter Trostle, but it was occupied by his daughter-in-law Catherine and her nine children. Her husband Abraham was incarcerated in the lunatic asylum. The Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners stated that: "Abraham Trostle has been confined and chained to [Read More ...]