Saving History Saturday: Help the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association Save 17 Acres at Camp Letterman

While the majority of the Gettysburg battlefield has been preserved, much of the Camp Letterman General Hospital – the site of the first general hospital placed on a Civil War battlefield – has been consistently under threat to development.

Camp Letterman, according to Glen Hayes of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, was where “Over 4,000 badly wounded Union and Confederate soldiers from the battle were treated at that hospital and 365 soldiers died of their wounds in the 4 months.” The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association has been hard at work to preserve 17 acres of the site. This tract is a part of a nearly-200-acre lot owned by S&A Homes, a housing development company.

GBPA President Barb Mowery speaks about the importance of Camp Letterman during a press conference. Courtesy of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association.

A long battle, the GBPA has been able to spread the word about their mission to save those 17 acres, even working with Vermont and Pennsylvania’s legislatures to pass resolutions acknowledging the importance of the site.

But, GBPA still needs your help to preserve Camp Letterman. If you would like to get involved, please write S&A Homes and ask them to save the 17 acres.

S&A Homes Address:

S&A Homes

Bob Poole, CEO

2121 Old Gatesburg Rd.

Suite 200

State College, PA 16803

For more information on the project:

“GBPA Campaign to Save Hallowed Ground,” Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

“Help Save 17 Acres at Camp Letterman Hospital Site in Gettysburg,” Maine at War, February 8, 2017


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