The Gauntlet of Union Retreat and Aftermath

The Gauntlet of Union Retreat and Aftermath (HM19EO)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.989', W 77° 14.559'

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By 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 1863, the Union line had been penetrated and broken along Seminary Ridge. A scene of chaos and confusion ensued as Union artillery galloped along the Chambersburg Pike past the fleeing infantry.

Suddenly, South Carolinians made their appearance on both sides of the Seminary building on top of the ridge. For better security the retreating soldiers crossed over the pike to the other side of the unfinished railroad embankment, only to find that the Southerners were closing in from that direction also. The converging Confederate forces created a "gauntlet" that none of the soldiers would ever forget. According to one survivor "The bullets were flying from each side in a perfect shower. The air seemed so filled that it seemed almost impossible to breathe without inhaling them."

-Mathew Brady's Photograph-
Of all the attention given to the Lutheran Theological Seminary by photographers over the years, the most famous, and arguably the earliest view was recorded by the firm of M. B. Brady. Recorded from a position along the Chambersburg Pike, the view portrays the Seminary just two weeks after the battle, at a time when it was filled with wounded soldiers.
HM NumberHM19EO
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 12:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308094 N 4411645
Decimal Degrees39.83315000, -77.24265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.989', W 77° 14.559'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 59.34" N, 77° 14' 33.54" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-553 Seminary Ridge Interpretive Trail, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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