Temples of Mercy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Min Dawg
N 39° 49.706 W 077° 13.859
18S E 309079 N 4411096
Quick Description: The Presbyterian Church of Gettysburg was used as a hospital during the Civil War.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/27/2008 9:30:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM51YN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
Views: 18

Long Description:
The sign in front of the church reads as follows:

The churches of Gettysburg were the first to offer their facilities to serve the needs of wounded soldiers borne from the battlefield on July 1st. Public buildings and many private homes followed this lead in showing care and mercy.

As soon as the churches opened their doors, ambulances arrived with their frightful cargo. The work to restore the mutilated bodies began, continuing around the clock. Postoperative care and food preparation fell mainly to the tireless efforts of women volunteers.

It was a scene of immense suffering! Agnes Barr, a member helping at the Presbyterian Church recalled, 'the shrieks and groans of the wounded were heart rending."

Churches continued to be used as hospitals after the armies departed, causing parishioners to forego normal services, prompting Sallie Broadhead to note in her diary, "we have had no Sundays...the churches have all been converted into hospitals."

The Presbyterian Church of Gettysburg
208 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA
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