Politics and "Penelope"

Politics and "Penelope" (HMBU0)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 49.758', W 77° 13.862'

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This is the 1863 site of the COMPILER newspaper office, Gettysburg's weekly "voice" of the Democratic party, and the home of its outspoken publisher Henry Stahle.

During the Battle of Gettysburg Stahle took into his home a badly wounded Union officer and persuaded a Confederate surgeon to come and perform a life-saving leg amputation. This humanitarian act led to Stahle's temporary incarceration at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore for aiding the enemy to capture a Union officer, a baseless charge of disloyalty concocted by a local Republican for political revenge.

The breech of the cannon "Penelope," is seen protruding from the pavement nearby. Traditionally, "Penelope" was fired in Gettysburg's streets to celebrate Democratic election victories but was abruptly silenced in 1855 when an over-charge of powder ruptured her barrel. Fittingly the old political cannon was memorialized in front of the "voice" of the Democratic party.

Funding for this project assisted by NPS / American Battlefield Protection Program
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HM NumberHMBU0
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Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 9:38am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309077 N 4411192
Decimal Degrees39.82930000, -77.23103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.758', W 77° 13.862'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 45.48" N, 77° 13' 51.72" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 112-114 Baltimore St, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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