The Hospital on Seminary Ridge at the Battle of Gettysburg

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"Old Dorm," which served as the first classroom and dormitory of the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary, is a familiar tourist site—Union Cavalry General John Buford directed the opening stages of the battle of Gettysburg from the building's distinctive cupola and some of the bloodiest fighting of the three-day conflict took place on Seminary Ridge. However, few visitors realize the building's important role as the second largest hospital at Gettysburg, both during and after the battle. During the peak occupancy, 600-700 wounded soldiers from both armies were cared for at this site.

This work presents the history of the Gettysburg Seminary during the Civil War and the important cast of characters that have passed through its halls by utilizing the firsthand accounts of soldiers, civilians, surgeons, and relief agency personnel. Also included is the prewar and postwar history of the Seminary, as well as information about President Samuel S. Schmucker and the abolition movement.

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Editorial Reviews

The Civil War News
outstanding...the author omits nothing...comprehensive
Civil War Book Review
"Dreese combines medical, theological, and Civil War history...Wentz provides an insightful foreword"
Colorado Libraries
"This book is a solid piece of Gettysburgiana...Dreese covers a lot of territory...engagingly written, this book would work well in both young adult and adult nonfiction collections"
The Civil War News
Civil War Book Review
Dreese combines medical, theological, and Civil War history...Wentz provides an insightful foreword
Colorado Libraries
this book is a solid piece of Gettysburgiana...Dreese covers a lot of territory...engagingly written, this book would work well in both young adult and adult nonfiction collections
Bucknell World
highly readable
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786423606
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2005
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 738,248
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Dreese is the author of five books and numerous journal articles on topics including Pennsylvania and the American Civil War. An award-winning photographer, he is the president of the Friends and Descendants of the 151st Pennsylvania, and vice-president of the Susquehanna Civil War Round Table. He lives in Kreamer, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Introduction 3
Prologue 7
Ch. 1 The Seminary Comes to Gettysburg 13
Ch. 2 A House Divided 22
Ch. 3 Wolf at the Door 30
Ch. 4 The Armies Converge 43
Ch. 5 July 1, 1863: The Battle Opens 59
Ch. 6 The Hospital During the Battle: July 1 - July 4, 1863 91
Ch. 7 The Hospital Period: July 5 - September 1863 118
Epilogue 150
App. I Patient Deaths in the Lutheran Seminary Hospital 167
App. II List of Surgeons and Medical Officers, Lutheran Seminary Hospital 169
Notes 171
Bibliography 193
Index 197
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