Tag Archives: Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path

Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 14: Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Private George Washington Sandoe

George Washington Sandoe was a local of the Gettysburg area, hailing from Mount Joy. Sandoe has the unenviable title of being the first Union soldier killed in Gettysburg. Sandoe was part of Captain Robert Bell’s Company B, 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry. … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Honorable Mention: Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Stone Quarry/The Capture of James Archer

Brigadier General James J. Archer was a brave and tough commander, with the appropriate nickname “The Little Gamecock”. Archer was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, who threw his hat in the ring the Confederacy. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Recap

The 150th anniversary of Gettysburg brought a flurry of posts to the Emerging Civil War blog. Over the last two weeks, our authors have offered many different perspectives on the battle, its consequences, and its significance. We’ll have more coverage … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Wounding Site of Paul Semmes

On the afternoon of July 2, 1863, as Major General John Bell Hood’s Division did battle with Federal forces in Devil’s Den, the Triangular Field, and Little Round Top, the men of Major General Lafayette McLaws Division supported Hood’s left … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones’ Wall

A half mile down East Confederate Ave., on a sharp bend in the road, runs a low stone wall. With so many stone walls running across the battlefield, this one, like so many others, simply blends into the countryside. This … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Henry Culp Farm

Many visitors to Gettysburg are familiar with the story of John Wesley Culp, the boy who grew up in the town of Gettysburg. He hunted on his Uncle Henry’s farm, learned the leather trade in Gettysburg, and moved to Shepherdstown, … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Benner’s Hill

Just east of Gettysburg sits Benner’s Hill, a 454 foot high prominence that overlooks the town of Gettysburg. At the base of this prominence runs Rock Creek, a barrier between the hill, town, and for the three days in July … Continue reading

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

Contrary to popular belief, the Lutheran Theological Seminary was not Brigadier General John Buford’s headquarters on the night before the battle. Buford actually stayed in downtown Gettysburg at the Eagle Hotel. Opened for business in 1834, the Eagle Hotel was … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Josiah Benner Farm

On the north side of Rock Creek, along the Harrisburg Road, sits the Josiah Benner Farm. The farm was used as a hospital for wounded from Brigadier General Francis Barlow’s 11th Corps Division, as well as a divisional field hospital … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones’ Artillery Line

Tucked between two housing plans are a few Civil War cannon. They represent Lieutenant Colonel Hilary Jones’ Confederate artillery line. Jones was the chief of divisional artillery for Major General Jubal Early’s Confederate Second Corps Division. Early’s division had made … Continue reading

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