"uncertainty and dread"

"uncertainty and dread" (HMBVW)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.726', W 77° 13.859'

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Following the retreat of Union forces to Cemetery Hill on the afternoon of July 1, 1863, the Confederates occupied the town of Gettysburg until early morning, July 4th. The main Confederate battle line facing the Union forces on Cemetery Hill ran east to west here, along High and Middle Streets.

Life for Gettysburg citizens during Confederate occupation was both confining and dangerous. Families sought safety in their cellars. Bullets flew across the streets and errant shells occasionally struck buildings. Albertus McCreary, whose house was nearby (now the site of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church), recalled, "the bullets were continually flying across our yard, so that none of us dared to go out."

Despite the constant danger only a few civilians were hurt and only one, Jennie Wade, was killed. The real suffering was from mental anxiety. In the words of one townsperson, "every hour was one of uncertainty and dread."
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 2:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309080 N 4411133
Decimal Degrees39.82876667, -77.23098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.726', W 77° 13.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 43.56" N, 77° 13' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 140-198 Baltimore St, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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