The Annual Meeting will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Hotel 1061 York Rd. Gettysburg, PA 17325  at 6:30p.m.

The business meeting will be followed by a special presentation by Jeff Greenawalt and member social

There will be tables available for "Swap and Sell"

New members warmly welcome!!

Sewing Day begins at 9 a.m.  See the Sewing Day page for details.




1861-1865

About

The Civilians of Gettysburg 1861-1865


Web site created for the purpose of keeping alive the memory of the citizens of Gettysburg.

We feel they deserve to be remembered for the courage and compassion they demonstated in the year 1863.

The time of trial for the citizens of the Borough of Gettysburg began as Jubal Early's troops marched through town on June 26th, 1863, on the way north toward Harrisburg. But it reached a crescendo on the afternoon of July 1 as the Federal army poured through the streets of the town to Cemetery hill with the rebels in hot pursuit. Many of the blacks in the community had left town long ago, as had several of the political and business leaders who feared possible capture by the Confederates. In many cases, only the women and children remained as the fighting erupted in the streets and in their very back yards. Most hid in their basements - in many cases for the entire duration of the battle. Others emerged once the immediate danger passed and began nursing the wounded on both sides. Churches and other public buildings became makeshift hospitals. While the Confederates stationed in the town scoured houses and outbuildings for Yankee fugitives, many Union soldiers were successfully hidden from them by the townspeople. In the southern portion of the town, sharpshooters created a war zone with civilians trapped between them. Young Jenny Wade was killed when a stray bullet plunged through the kitchen door as she was baking bread. Once the battle ended, the residents of the town emerged from their hiding places to assess the damage to their town. They also became the caretakers of over 21,000 wounded that had been left behind by both armies. As the bodies of dead men and animals in the surrounding fields rotted in the summer heat, the town was invaded again - this time by the curious and those searching for missing relatives. The "temporary" population of the town surged again in November when the Soldiers National Cemetery was dedicated. In the years that followed, Gettysburg's residents had to come to grips with the fact that their town was now a national focal point - and their lives would never be the same again.


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