Caught in the Crossfire: Civilians in the War
As residents pitched in to help bury the dead after the end of the Battle of Gettysburg, photographers from New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia rushed to the scene of the carnage. Although they arrived after the action had ended, they did document the fallen soldiers from both sides and horses and farm animals. Their cameras also captured the shattered landscape and the ruined buildings and structures. The photographers included Mathew Brady, Frederick Gutekunst, Alexander Gardner, and local photographers Charles and Isaac Tyson and their assistant William Tipton.
Josiah Gitt was having a bad week. Find out how his farm fell victim to not one but two pilfering armies - from either side of the war.
Hettie Shriver fled Gettsyburg with her children, taking refuge on a hill called Little Round Top. Read how Hettie and her family made it through the battle...and what she found when she finally returned home.
The Steiger Family
Mrs. Steiger outwitted the Confederate General in the morning, and her husband did the same thing that night. Steigers: 2. Confederates: 0.
When David Wills established the Soldiers National Cemetery, he invited President Lincoln to make a few remarks at its dedication. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Ziegler Family
Long after students and faculty had fled the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Emanuel Ziegler and his family found themselves living amidst of hundreds of gravely wounded soldiers.
John Burns fought with distinction in the battle of Gettysburg, survived multiple bullet wounds, and was honored by President Lincoln for his heroism. He was 69 years old.
At the end of the Battle of Gettysburg, Sarah Broadhead emerged from her cellar. What she saw should have sent her running back into it. Find out what she did instead.
George H. Boker
Fears of a Confederate invasion of Philadelphia spurred George Boker's loyalty to the Union cause and inspired him to help found the Union League, which still stands today just blocks from the planned site of a Confederate headquarters.