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Way before the before the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg was once called Marsh Creek. It was purchased from the Iroquois Nation in 1736 by the William Penn family. It was here where many Scottish and Irish immigrants settled to find a new beginning. Around 1758 this area caught between the French and Indian War, the settlers experience violence at the hands of both French and Indian parties. Plundering and murdering settlers caught in their path. By 1761, a settler named Samuel Getty has built a tavern for travelers passing by and when his son James inherited the tavern, he bought many town lots and established them around their tavern. By the 1800’s the town was known as Gettysburg and became part of the Adams county seat. By 1860, the town had over 2,000 citizens and over 400 thriving businesses.
During this 3-day battle, 51,000 Union and Confederate Troops lay dead, wounded, or missing. The town of Gettysburg was left to pick up the pieces with so many still wounded and dying solders spread out through the whole community with barns and homes becoming makeshift hospitals. Graves are dug hastily and so badly and with thousands of carcasses of dead horses are so piled up; the stench makes the town’s folk sick. It was during this time the Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania, has a local attorney David Wills to purchase 17 acres of land to rebury the dead, which becomes Gettysburg National Cemetery. It was during the cemetery’s dedication in November of 1863 President Lincoln visited and gave one of his famous speeches. If you ever visit any Veterans Cemeteries there is always a plaque located among the honored with the speech of the “Gettysburg Address”
Please visit the town of Gettysburg. I think this wonderful piece of history gets overlooked. The center square is absolutely beautiful and all the folks were so friendly and kind.
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