The Brian Farm

The Brian Farm (HMKVC)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.928', W 77° 14.11'

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"His property ... was thus under fire of the enemy and the very midst and thickest of the battle"
-damage claim of Abraham Brian

In 1863, this was the home and farm of Abraham Brian. He and James Warfield, who owned a farm and blacksmith shop near Seminary Ridge, were among a small, unique group of farmers on the battlefield. They were free black men, and they were property owners.

When the Confederate army invaded Pennsylvania during the summer of 1863, Brian and his family left the area. On July 2, Union soldiers occupied Brian's farm and home. They dismantled his fences to build breastworks, and trampled his crops. Heavy fighting raged around the farm, particularly on July 3 during the Pickett-Pettigrew Charge, exposing the home and buildings to musketry and shell fire.

Following the battle, Brian returned to begin repairs on his farm. Like nearly all the area farmers he filed claims (with the federal government) for damages. Out of $1028 requested, he received $15. Many farmers received nothing.

The damage inflicted by the battle did not discourage or ruin Brian. He rebuilt his 12-acre farm and prospered until his death in 1879.
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 9:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308685 N 4409666
Decimal Degrees39.81546667, -77.23516667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.928', W 77° 14.11'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 55.68" N, 77° 14' 6.60" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 310 Hancock Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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