"? the battle itself proved a relief."

"? the battle itself proved a relief." (HMAO6)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.72', W 77° 14.005'

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In 1863 this was the home of James and Catherine Foster and their daughter, Catherine. Prior to the battle the town was cut off from communications, and rumors of approaching "Rebels" and the whereabouts of the Union army prompted the younger Catherine to recall that " ? the suspense grew intolerable to which the battle itself proved a relief."

In light of subsequent events at the house, Catherine's comment was an overstatement. Risking discovery and certain arrest, she hid a union soldier in the basement. Shortly afterward, a Confederate officer entered and asked: "Are there any Yankees here?" Miss Foster replied: "We are all here. Suppose you call us all 'Yankees'." Satisfied with her answer, the officer departed.

This close call was not the only excitement, for the house was struck three times by artillery shells, demolishing a bedroom, the kitchen and the rear porch. The Fosters survived, but their ordeal proved that "harm's way" was not restricted to the battlefield.
HM NumberHMAO6
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg, Inc
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 2:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308871 N 4411127
Decimal Degrees39.82866667, -77.23341667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.72', W 77° 14.005'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 43.20" N, 77° 14' 0.30" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 155 S Washington St, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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