After our sudden March snowstorm in historic Gettysburg this year, those of us at The Gettysburg Experience hope that spring will finally come to stay for a while.
We commemorate this month with a selection of articles, beginning with The Frey Farm: In the Eye of the Storm, part of our Gettysburg Addresses series. See the story beginning on page 23. We learned that April 2017 is the 150th anniversary of one of Gettysburg’s historic cemeteries – The Lincoln Cemetery, formerly the Goodwill Colored Graveyard, created for the interment of veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops. Learn about the man who brought this cemetery to fruition, and many other amazing aspects of his life in Basil Biggs: A "Son of Goodwill", beginning on page 35. Read More >
The Union defensive line at Gettysburg was a sorely contested spot in the early days of July in 1863. It was here that the Battle of Gettysburg raged on the second and third days, and it was here that the contest was ended. For the farms that dotted the landscape in an otherwise peaceful and bucolic setting, those days were among the worst anyone living there would witness. One of these farms, belonging at the time to an aged farmer named Peter Frey, miraculously survived the brutal storm of war. Read More >
The middle nineteenth century was not an easy one for those who lived in and around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, especially for those of African descent. When war came to town, many who were descendants of slaves were forced into hiding. There were some who, in the years before the war, did their part to help the unfortunate souls who were denied freedom a chance to live without shackles. While most of these people are lost to history, one of the few known was the intrepid Basil Biggs, a Gettysburg resident whose mark of aid, good will and hard work remains. Read More>
Adams County is a place where quilting enjoys a long and varied history. The trend continues for all who love quilting – whether a seasoned quilter or a novice – at Simply Stashing Fabric & Quilts, located at 1897 Hanover Road in Littlestown – a village found about 10 miles south of Gettysburg on Route 97.
Owner Deb Curtis never thought she’d operate a quilt shop – but she has found her life’s calling in doing so. An expert seamstress since childhood, Deb decided 22 years ago to start quilting, “to broaden my sewing horizons.” Read More >
In the 152 years since the world lost Abraham Lincoln, it seems that history remembers the 16th President chiefly for the terrible war over which he presided and the tragic and tumultuous manner in which he died. He was nevertheless a brilliant and thoughtful man who adhered deeply to principle. There were many who knew him – although few knew him well. A private man who had many melancholy moments but rose above them to lead a broken nation in spite of the horrors of war which were blamed on him – here are the memories of some who claimed an acquaintance with Abraham Lincoln: Read More >
The rain had stopped, but the quiet of the morning belied the intense heat that was coming, both in the elements and on the fields west of Gettysburg. It is clear that the Confederate troops had no idea that Union men were so near. Division commander Harry Heth had ignored a warning the day before from one of his brigade commanders who had personally seen a large contingent of Federal cavalry near Gettysburg. That misunderstanding was coupled with another – that there was a shoe factory in Gettysburg. The factory was actually fourteen miles farther east in the town of Hanover, but the men in gray and butternut were indeed in desperate need of many things, including footwear. Heth and his superior, Lee’s Third Corps Commander A.P. Hill, decided that they would allow their men to head to town in the morning to procure the needed shoes. Read More >