Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg Historical

Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg Historical (HM1VYY)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 50.107', W 77° 14.702'

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The Headquarters Complex

"This house was within the Rebel lines. Occupying an elevated position from which the Federal lines could be seen with a field glass, and being at a safe distance from our guns, it was selected by General Lee and his staff as his headquarters. Here he lodged all night and took his meals."
—Professor Michael Jacobs, Pennsylvania College, 1864

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived here on the afternoon of July 1, 1863, just in time to see Confederate forces drive the Union army from the fields west of town. Because this site was located on high ground near the center of the new Confederate line, Lee's staff selected it for army headquarters. Lee's headquarters tent and the many tents of his staff were soon spread out in the fields around the house. Here, Lee made decisions that led to the Confederate assaults for the next two days and ultimately his retreat on the evening of July 4.

Fighting his largest battle, Lee was a busy man at Gettysburg. He spent a significant amount of time on horseback, riding around the battlefield. He performed certain headquarters functions in the Thompson house but he most likely slept and performed other tasks in his tent. While the best primary evidence places Lee's headquarters complex at or around the Thompson house, no verifiable account specifies the location
of his headquarters tent.
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe Civil War Trust and Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307895 N 4411868
Decimal Degrees39.83511667, -77.24503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 50.107', W 77° 14.702'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 50' 6.42" N, 77° 14' 42.12" W
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Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401 Buford Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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