The dog days of summer are upon us again in historic Gettysburg, and we at The Gettysburg Experience have worked to bring you an interesting array of articles, recipes, and our updated Calendar of Events – which begins on page 11 of this issue – to help you better enjoy August in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Our Gettysburg Addresses series continues with The Schmucker House: “A Venerable Edifice”, beginning on page 25. The man who lived there for the first 31 years of that home’s existence is one of Gettysburg’s most amazing citizens. Read More >
The pivotal Battle of Gettysburg made the town that bears its name one of the most famous in the world. Before the men in blue and gray came here to fight, however, the borough was not the sleepy, quiet farming town many may attribute to it. In the nineteenth century, it was an intersection of crossroads with no fewer than ten roads. Even before the summer of 1863, Gettysburg was also a town with two centers of education. They were both established mainly through the efforts of one man whose name was Samuel Simon Schmucker. His guidance and perseverance brought about the Lutheran Theological Seminary – founded in 1826 – and Pennsylvania College (now Gettysburg College) – established in 1832. Read More >
Yes, they do know how to spell.
A juvenile alpaca is a cria. And Stormy Hill Alpaca Criations is aptly named, since the shop on 52 York Street is filled with beautifully crafted clothing and gifts made from alpaca wool.
Owners Les and Carol Bower began raising alpacas on their 18-acre Adams County farm in 2006. The wool (or fiber) from these Peruvian domesticated animals is well insulated and water resistant, as well as soft and luxurious. The Bowers have currently own 35 alpacas, from which they make felt hats, purses, woolen scarves, mittens and gloves, slippers, sweaters and ponchos. Les is the hatmaker, who offers custom-made hats in whatever size and color are preferred. Carol knits and crochets, and the majority of the scarves are her creations. She is also learning to weave and spin, so that one day the shop will be filled with their own locally handmade clothing. Read More >
When the guns grew silent at last after Gettysburg’s third day, there were still shots fired by pickets and sharpshooters at hapless and unsuspecting soldiers until General Lee moved his men out in the dark and through a drenching rain early on July 4, Independence Day 1863. Because General Meade needed to stay on the field and allow Lee to retreat first so that the Union could claim victory, the survivors of the Army of the Potomac stayed put in the blinding storm over Gettysburg.
Once Lee and his men were gone, the people came out – and those who had fled the town in haste began to come back. What they saw defied description. The following is a small part recorded of what occurred in the days and weeks after the battle had ended. It nevertheless gives a chilling sketch of Gettysburg during the summer of 1863.Read More >
Maine was just one of eighteen Union states that sent volunteer soldiers to fight at Gettysburg. Among the regiments sent by Maine, the 20th Maine is the most famous. Their stand at Little Round Top remains at the forefront of the battlefield’s history, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor for its colonel and color sergeant. There were other Maine units at Gettysburg, less known, but equally courageous. The regiment from Maine that sustained the highest number of casualties at The Battle of Gettysburg was the 16th Maine Volunteer Infantry, who fought with valor and paid a heavy price during the opening day of battle on July 1, 1863.Read More >
The first day of the fight at Gettysburg is often overshadowed in history by the sanguinary days that followed. It is considered the lightest day of fighting as fewer men grappled in the fields and ridges west and north of the town. However, the opening day’s struggle that began the famous Battle of Gettysburg was equally horrific, and those who were engaged that first day of July in 1863 endured tremendous casualties. Gettysburg’s first day was one of the rare times when the invading Confederate soldiers outnumbered those of the defending Union – and it proved costly in many ways for both sides of the conflict. Read More >