a site for two legends

a site for two legends (HMLPA)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.86', W 77° 13.728'

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In 1863 one of Gettysburg's earliest weatherboarded buildings stood at this corner, the home of Judge Samuel Russell.

After the battle the body of an unidentified soldier was found in the side yard to its left clutching a photograph of three young children. The country-wide circulation of that photo led to the identification of Sergeant Amos Hummiston, 134th NY regiment, and generated a national concern with the plight of war-orphaned children and a movement to provide needed care.

The present building housed the automobile dealership of Eddie Plank in the early years of the 19th century. Plank was a native son who pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics (1901-19) and is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. A former employee recalled: "Everybody knew Eddie Plank ... you couldn't get in the place."
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg, Inc., National Park Service / American Battlefield Protection Program
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 3:52am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309273 N 4411376
Decimal Degrees39.83100000, -77.22880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.86', W 77° 13.728'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 51.60" N, 77° 13' 43.68" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-35 N Stratton St, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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