Round Top hospitals

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The Round Top hospitals during the Battle of Gettysburg were located at the Little Round Top side of the Gettysburg Battlefield at 2 houses now in the community of Round Top, Pennsylvania.

Plank hospital[edit]

A Union 1st Division [2] field hospital was temporarily located at the Round Top farm of Levi and Mary Plank [3] which "E. Brickert" had owned in 1858.[1] The farmhouse is located near the local crest of the Taneytown Rd, but in 1863 "on the morning of July 3 [the hospital] was moved to the M. Fissel Farm east of Rock Creek".[2] The stone house on the road's west side (#921 Taneytown Rd), and the farm's barn was on the opposite side of the road (#920) until it burned in 1967.[4] In 1916, the home was the site of an accidental shooting of the local blacksmith's daughter, aged 12,[5] who survived with the cranial bullet [6] and became the Round Top schoolmarm.[7]

Group hospital[edit]

The John & Harriet Group house along the road now named Sachs Rd was the field hospital where "General Taylor[specify] died in the house and was buried in [the] garden, but his body was removed several days later. Mrs. Barlow frequently visited the house" (General Francis C. Barlow had been taken to the house after being wounded at Barlow Knoll[4] and initially being treated at the Josiah Benner farm near the Harrisburg Road bridge over Rock Creek.[8] The farm of 34 acres (14 ha) was subsequently purchased by the Group's son, Jacob, in 1891.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ G. M. Hopkins survey (Library of Congress mapviewer) (Map). M.S. & E. Converse. 1858. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Care of wounded after Battle of Gettysburg". July 14, 1986. p. 7. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Public Sale of Real Estate" (Google News Archives). Gettysburg Compiler. June 27, 1899. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Man Who Was Boy at Time of Battle is Dead" (Google News Archives). The Star and Sentinel. October 31, 1931. Retrieved 2011-03-04.  Martin 2003 claims Barlow was instead subsequently taken to the John Crawford House and then Hoke's Toll House, citing "Francis C. Barlow letter to his mother, 7 July 1863.[1]