The Seminary Hospital

The Seminary Hospital (HM1ZVO)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.933', W 77° 14.65'

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Near this spot on the afternoon of July 1, 1863, Lt. Col. George F. McFarland, 151th Pennsylvania Volunteers, fell severely wounded as a deadly Confederate crossfire swept Seminary Ridge. Struck in both legs, he fell instantly. A private hoisted McFarland up and carried him in the north end of the Seminary building as rebel forces approached from the west. "I lay on the floor in my blood", recalled McFarland. Late on July 3, he was placed on a makeshift operating table and his right leg was amputated just below the knee.
Following the Confederate retreat, his wife and two young children traveled to Gettysburg to be by his side. The Seminary hospital provides shelter and comfort for the wounded from both sides until September 16 when McFarland was the last patient to leave. His story is depicted in the museum 3rd floor exhibit. Although his injuries crippled him for life, McFarland later served as the first superintendent of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' Orphan Schools system in McAlisterville, Pennsylvania.
Placed BySeminary Ridge Museum
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:51pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307961 N 4411544
Decimal Degrees39.83221667, -77.24416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.933', W 77° 14.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 55.98" N, 77° 14' 39" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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