Tillie Pierce House - Gettysburg, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 49.605 W 077° 13.872
18S E 309056 N 4410910
Quick Description: Welcome to the Pierce House, witness to some incredible Civil War action. Like all historical Civil War sites in this world famous town, this one too has an interpretive out front which tells the tail through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 11/16/2010 6:46:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMA4TC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Long Description:

Today it is a bed and breakfast but in 1863, this home was witness to some incredible Civil War events, even given the context in which they happened. I have also read that this site is reputed to be haunted as well. This sign of history, erected by Main Street Gettysburg can be found directly in front of the house near the sidewalk.

The Tillie Pierce House (303 Baltimore Street), occupied alternatively by both Union and Confederderate troops and now a B&B, was the site of some of the fiercest street fighting in the 1863 battle. As a teenager, Tillie Pierce became caught up in this dramatic event. She later wrote a biographical account of her experience as a civilian in the midst of the battle and as a volunteer nurse at a busy field hospital.

The marker tells part of her story and it reads:

This building was the home of the James Pierce family during the Battle of Gettysburg. Tillie Pierce, a 15 year old school girl at the time, provided a vivid account of events front from those days.

The alarm that "The Rebels Are Coming!" caused a mass exodus from Gettysburg by free, African-American citizens (8% of the population) who feared capture and enforced slavery. Tillie described their passing by her house: "I can see them yet; men and women with bundles...children also.... The greatest consternation was depicted on all their countenances as they hurried along;...towards the woods on Culp's Hill."

On the morning of July 2nd Confederate sharpshooters established their headquarters along the Breckenridge St. side of Pierce house. For two days Confederates sheltered themselves outside the building while inside the Pierce's successfully hid and sustained five wounded Union soldiers.

Following the battle the Pierce family took in and nursed severly wounded Col. William Colvill, 1st Minnesota Infantry, to a successful recovery.

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