S: What was Gettysburg like during the Civil War?
FC: What was Gettysburg like during the Civil War? My Trip to Gettysburg | Created By: Jennifer Stern
1: Abraham Lincoln and his Republican party are in office. Gettysburg is relatively quiet, although I can't say that for the rest of the country. A few of the Southern Cotton states joined together to create the Confederate Army. Most of the men in town have left to join the U.S Army and fight down at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. | April 1861
2: An article showed up in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. There will be two camps for Union armies. One in Gettysburg (inland) and another on Staten Island (seaboard). The article said that 15,000-20,000 men may be will be living at the camp. | The battle is moving up towards us and I am a little nervous about what that means. Will I be safe? | May 21, 1861
3: May 28, 1861 | Today a letter was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the importance of setting up camp in Gettysburg. The author writes, "All the accounts from the South look to the pillage of Philadelphia, and it therefore behooves us to be on guard". | I never understood why the North chose to set up camp in Gettysburg. Now it makes sense that Southern soldiers would want to attempt to attack a big city.
4: Gettysburg townsfolk are getting pretty excited about the new visitors around the quiet town. The "rebels" are on their way towards PA. The article says their are in Maryland. As the article states, "... a great battle is evidently at hand, and at our door." | September 10, 1862
5: June 1863