"...I Am Going To Die"

"...I Am Going To Die" (HM18QH)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.717', W 77° 13.913'

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Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church

Erected in 1853, this church served as a field hospital during and after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. While the church was substantially altered in 1925, much of the original Civil War era structure remains intact. Within its walls some 200 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers were treated by army surgeons and other volunteer personnel including nuns from the Sisters of Charity of nearby Emmitsburg.

Gettysburg resident Salome "Sallie" Myers, who resided a few doors west of here, recalled seeing the suffering in the building. "I went into the Roman Catholic Church. The men were scattered all over it, some lying on the pews and some on the bare floor. The suffering and the groans of the wounded and dying were terrible to see and hear. I knelt by the first one inside the door and said 'What can I do for you.' He looked up at me with mournful eyes and said 'Nothing. I am going to die.' He was Sergeant Alexander Stewart of the One Hundred and Forty Ninth Pennsylvania Volunteers." Stewart soon died of his wounds.
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HM NumberHM18QH
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Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceChurch/House of Worship
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:48am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309002 N 4411118
Decimal Degrees39.82861667, -77.23188333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.717', W 77° 13.913'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 43.0200" N, 77° 13' 54.7800" W
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Area Code(s)717
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 51-53 W High St, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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