One Soldier's Legacy: The National Homestead at Gettysburg - Gettysburg, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 49.335 W 077° 13.834
18S E 309097 N 4410409
Quick Description: This book tells about the inspiration for and the creation of the National Homestead for orphaned children.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/22/2011 8:48:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMCXE0
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Bryan
Views: 2

Long Description:

There is an interpretive out front which tells the same story, only much shorter, as the book. The book and interpretive are about Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York and his death at the Battle of Gettysburg. His death led to wide publicity for his wife and their three orphaned children. The story led to the construction of the National Homestead at Gettysburg. "The Homestead" today provides lodging for visitors to Gettysburg. The story was written in October of 1996.

The right side of the marker contains a photograph depicting “The Homestead building (now 777 and 785 Baltimore Street) in July 1874. The inset photos are of Sgt. Humiston and his three children.” (from HMDB) The sign of history reads:

This building was constructed in 1869 as a dormitory for “The National Homestead at Gettysburg,” a school for soldiers’ orphans established in 1866 in the brick building to your right. Among its first students were Alice, Frank and Frederick Humiston, the children of Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Volunteers, killed at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. The Sergeant’s identity was unknown when his body was discovered with a photograph of his children clutched in his hands. The wide distribution of this photograph led to Humiston’s identification by his widow Philinda, and to a national outpouring of sympathy and donations for the “Children of the Battlefield.” Mrs. Humiston became the first matron, and some 200 students attended before the school closed in 1877.

On July 1, 1993 a memorial to the Humistons was dedicated on the grounds of the Gettysburg Fire Department on North Stratton Street.

ISBN Number: 0939631679

Author(s): Mary Ruth Collins & Cindy A. Stouffer

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