Gettysburg's Greatest Stories Tour Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor

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These Are Just A Few of The Great True Stories You'll Hear .........

Gettysburg Ladies: The Powers Girls

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These are the Powers sisters and, except for one, they all lived together with their widowed father in a home on the corner of West High Street and Washington Street on July 1,1863. Don't you just love this picture? That's Mary Powers on the lower left of the photgraph and you can see just a trace of her sly smile in this picture. She was quite a girl.

Anyway, on the first day of the great Battle of Gettysburg, one of the Powers girls was looking out the front door of their home as Yankees came up one street and Confederates came up the other. Neither side could see the other until they met in the intersection right in front of the Powers home. We'd love to tell you what happened next, but that would spoil the surprise.

You'll just have to take The Old Town Tour to see where they lived and hear the rest of the story.

Gettysburg's Sallie Myers

This is picture of Sallie many years after the battle when she was all grown up and then some (if you know what I mean). But in 1863, she was a young girl who had just become a school teacher --- in fact she wrote about her experiences during the battle and titled it "How a Gettysburg School Teacher Spent Her Summer Vacation in 1863".

At the time of the battle, Sallie still lived with her parents a few doors down the street from the Catholic Church that was being used as a hospital. When the surgeons asked if she could come help care for the wounded, she reluctantly agreed, but she was very frightened.

The first soldier she approached had been shot through the chest and spine and was completely paralyzed. She asked him what she could do for him.

"Nothing", he said, "I'm going to die".

She burst into tears, raced out of the building and collapsed on the front steps of the church, sobbing.

We'll show you that church and take you by Sallie's house.

And then, we'll tell you the rest of the story.......


Gettysburg's Mag Palm

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Margaret Palm lived just outside of town in a small one-room house that sat along the Emmitsburg Road where the spectacular "Pickett's Charge" took place on July 3, 1863. A few years earlier, however, before the Civil War began, "Mag", as she was known, had just stepped out of a house in town where she worked as a housekeeper. It was a cold winter night in 1859.

As she walked down the street, bundled against the cold wind, three men jumped from the shadows and grabbed her. As they tried to tie her hands, she fought them furiously and finally broke free with the help of a bystander who had seen the assault.

The men were kidnappers who hoped to haul Mag down into Maryland and sell her into slavery. She was not interested in going.

With the help of the bystander, she got away. But she had got a good look at one of the men, and she would not forget him.

Some time later, Mag got word that the man was back in town and she ran right home, got her shotgun and set out to find him. What happened?

Well, by now you know that the answer can only be found ........on our Tour of Old Town Gettysburg.

Gettysburg's Sarah Broadhead

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Sarah was thirty years old at the time of the battle and lived with her husband, Joseph, and six-year old daughter, Mary, on Chambersburg Steet at the edge of town. From her back porch, she had a clear view of Seminary Ridge and could see all along the Union battle line as the fighting began on the morning of July 1st.

She and her family huddled in the basement of a neighbor's house during much of the fighting and were in that basement when an artillery shell struck the house. We'll show you that house where you can still see a shell sticking out of the front wall just under the roof line.

When the battle ended, Sarah went to the Lutheran Seminary building to help care for wounded soldiers. A day later, she went down into the Seminary basement.

You won't believe what she found there.

Gettysburg's Greatest: Catherine Foster

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Thirty-seven year old Catherine Foster lived in this house with her parents at the time of the battle. Her fifteen-year old cousin was also there. During the fighting, the house was hit three times by explosive artillery shells, but no one was injured, including the frightened Yankee soldier who was hiding in the basement.

When Confederates came to search the house, they asked Catherine if there were any Yankees inside.

She replied, "Yes, of course..............we're all Yankees here".

And that's just the beginning of Catherine's story. This is probably the greatest single story of them all. Whatever you do, don't miss this one.....



Gettysburg College Professor Jacobs

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Michael Jacobs was a professor at Pennsylvania College, now known as Gettysburg College, and was teaching a class on the morning of July 1, 1863. The college is located on the north side of town a short distance from Seminary Ridge and, as the battle began, the sound of musket volleys and cannon fire could be clearly heard.

Professor Jacobs was unfazed by the distractions, however, and continued his lecture without the slightest interruption. Finally, a group of riders from the Union Army Signal Corps came galloping up to Pennsylvania Hall, raced up the stairs and burst into the classroom. They were seeking access to the rooftop which they wished to use as an elevated platform for signal flag communications.

With this, the good professor relented, telling his students, "Well, we shall end now and see what all the excitement is about. It is obvious you know nothing of today's lesson anyway."

We're going to take you right past Pennsylvania Hall, show you that rooftop cupola that the Signal Corps used and tell you a bit more about the unflappable Professor Jacobs.

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And if that's not enough........

You'll also hear the stories of Tillie Pearce, Basil Biggs, Penelope, John Burns, Samuel Simon Schmucker, Amos Humiston, the famous Children of the Battlefield, Mary McAllister, The Reverend Horatio Howell, Colonel Henry Morrow, William Poole, David Wills, Jennie Wade, Wesley Culp, Albertus McCreary, Laura Bergstresser, Anna Garlach, General Alexander Schemmilfennig,Thaddeus Stevens, and Elizabeth Thorn.

We'll even include the true story about Gettysburg's connection with Al Capone.

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Join us for a thoroughly enjoyable ride.

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You'll absolutely love it!

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Tour Time: About 1 hour & 15 minutes

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