Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg Historical

Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg Historical (HM1VV4)

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

N 39° 50.097', W 77° 14.688'

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Life on Seminary Ridge

"Three more acres or less on which are erected a one and a half story stone dwelling house and frame stable ... directed and sold and struck off the same unto Thaddeus Stevens, trustee of Mary Thompson, for the sum of sixteen dollars—Deed dated Jan. 28, 1846."
—Sheriff's Docket for the sale of this property

People had been living peacefully in and around Gettysburg for more than 75 years before the Civil War brought two mighty armies to the town and forever changed its character and landscape. Mary Thompson, a widow since the 1840s, lived in the stone house in front of you for seventeen years before the Battle of Gettysburg. Mrs. Thompson raised her children here, tended a small garden, and was comforted by a dog with its own little house. By the summer of 1863, the widow's children had grown and moved out—one lived directly across the road—and Mrs. Thompson lived alone in the stone house. Her closest neighbor was Casper Henry Dustman, whose home stood just east of the Thompson house.

Located on the Chambersburg Pike on top of Seminary Ridge, her home was all but bound to become a significant battlefield feature. Union cannons dealt death and destruction from her yard and Union soldiers formed a line of battle on her property's edge. After a fierce fight, Confederate soldiers,
cannons, and even the army's commander, Gen. Robert E. Lee, occupied her property. Soldiers were buried here. You are standing on historic and hallowed ground.
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HM NumberHM1VV4
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe Civil War Trust and Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307915 N 4411849
Decimal Degrees39.83495000, -77.24480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 50.097', W 77° 14.688'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 50' 5.82" N, 77° 14' 41.28" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 385 Lincoln Hwy, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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