Tag Archives: Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path

Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Josiah Benner Farm

Part of a Series. On the north side of Rock Creek, along the Harrisburg Road, sits the Josiah Benner Farm. At the time of the battle the farm encompassed 123 acres of the Gettysburg battlefield and served as the front … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones Artillery Line

Part of a Series. Tucked between two housing plans are a few Civil War cannon. They represent Lieutenant Colonel Hilary Jones’ Confederate artillery line on the July 1st battlefield. Jones was the chief of divisional artillery for Major General Jubal … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Eagle Hotel and Christ Lutheran Church

Part of a Series. Contrary to popular belief, Old Dorm (also known as Schmucker Hall) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary was not Brigadier General John Buford’s headquarters on the night before the battle of Gettysburg. Buford actually stayed in downtown … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Colors of the 149th Pennsylvania

Part of a Series. On the afternoon of July 1, acting 1st Corps commander Major General Abner Doubleday re-positioned his men in and around Herbst Woods. Deployed in the open fields of the Edward McPherson Farm, just north of the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Capture of James Archer

Part of a Series. Brigadier General James J. Archer was a brave and tough commander, with the appropriate nickname “The Little Gamecock”. Archer was a graduate of Princeton University, who had received a commission to the rank of Captain during … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Moritz Tavern

Part of a Series. Just north of the Mason-Dixon Line stands the location of Moritz Tavern. This tavern, today the home of an auto salvage yard, is where Union Left Wing commander Major General John F. Reynolds spent the last … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The First Federal Cannon Shot

Part of a Series. At the base of the monument to Brigadier General John Buford are four cannon. These cannon are not on carriages like the other 400 or so cannon on the Gettysburg Battlefield; rather the cannon sit within … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Death of George W. Sandoe

Part of a Series. George Washington Sandoe was a local of the Gettysburg area, hailing from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for George Sandoe, he has the unenviable title of being the first Union soldier killed in Gettysburg. Sandoe was part … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia Monuments

Part of a series. The 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia came into existence during the opening stages of the Gettysburg Campaign. As Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army moved north, the War Department created two new military departments to deal with the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path—Revamp

As the 150th anniversary events of the Civil War draw to a close, I have a feeling that many of our readers will be jonesing for a little battlefielding. With this in mind, I thought that I would revamp my … Continue reading

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