Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield
Joseph Sherfy purchased a fifty-acre farm along the Emmitsburg Road about a mile south of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1842. At the time of the battle, the farm included the famous Peach Orchard to the south of Wheatfield Road as well as both Big and Little Round Tops and the Devil's Den.
Image: Photograph taken from the air above Cemetery Ridge, year unknown
Sherfy Farm buildings (upper left) and the Peach Orchard (lower …Read More...
Hotly Contested Area on the Gettysburg Battlefield
Image: Bliss Farm
Markers in the distance honor the men who fought here and deliniate the site of the William Bliss Farm that once existed here. Mid-left, in front of the trees, honors the 14th Connecticut Infantry. The clump of earth behind it is the remains of the earthen ramp that once led into the Bliss Barn. To the right is the 12th New Jersey Infantry marker. On the far right, out …Read More...
Civil War Nurse from New York
Image: Sophronia Bucklin
Nurse at Camp Letterman General Hospital
Born in New York State in 1828, Sophronia Bucklin was a seamstress before the war, but put aside her needle and thread to nurse wounded Union soldiers. In her memoirs, In Hospital and Camp: A Woman's Record of Thrilling Incidents among the Wounded in the Late War (1869), Bucklin recorded her experiences. Eager to do her part for the war effort, …Read More...