Sep 14

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak is the host for our Gettysburg Hospitals series. He is standing on the property line between the Gettysburg Outlets and the Jacob Schwartz Farm. The roof of the Jacob Schwartz Barn is in the background. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, August 5, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak retired after spending 37 years working for the United States Postal Service. Phil first came to Gettysburg in 1999 and had Paul Cooksey as his guide. Phil became a self-described “Gettysburgaholic,” and decided to study to become a Licensed Battlefield Guide. He passed the December 2004 exam, and was licensed in November of 2005. He started as a part-time Guide, but became full time when he retired in January, 2007.

To contact Phil Lechak, click here to reveal his email address.

To see Phil Lechak’s previous series on Camp Letterman, click here.

To see the previous posts in the Gettysburg Hospitals series, click here.

In today’s Gettysburg Hospitals’ post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak shows us more of the Jacob Schwartz Farm including the Jacob Schwartz Barn.

This map shows the location of the videos we shot at for this post. Videos #1-11 were shown in our previous Gettysburg Hospitals posts. Video #11 was taken on Red Hill near the Jacob Schwartz property. Video #12 was taken near the movie theaters at the Gettysburg Outlets. This map was created facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

This map from taken from Greg Coco’s Book A Vast Sea of Misery. It shows the locations of the Aaron Sheely Farm, Red Hill and the Jacob Schwartz Farm. This image was scanned facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, August 19, 2011.

In Video #12 (Videos #1-11 were shown in our prevous posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak shows us the location of the Jacob Schwartz Barn. This view was taken facing south to southeast to south at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, August 5, 2011.

The Jacob Schwartz Barn. The Confederate patients were kept in the barn. The photo was taken facing north in the afternoon in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

The Jacob Schwartz Barn. The photo was taken facing south in the morning in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

The Jacob Schwartz Barn. The photo was taken facing southeast in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

The Jacob Schwartz Barn. The photo was taken facing east in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

The Jacob Schwartz Barn. The photo was taken facing west in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

The Jacob Schwartz Barn and House. The photo was taken facing east in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

This is the side of the Jacob Schwartz Barn which shows the corner stone, at the corner closest to the camera position. The photo was taken facing west in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

The cornerstone of the Jacob Schwartz Barn. The photo was taken facing west in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

This map shows that there were four burial yards at the site of the Second Corps Hospital as evidenced by the A B C D, reference is Grappling with Death by Roland Maust. This map is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

The Jacob Schwartz Barn from the site of the Third Division of the Second Corps hospital. The Union soldiers were tented in the field. The photo was taken facing west in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

This view is looking from the barn towards the site of the first and second division hospital tents. The photo was taken facing east in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

This is the location of the hospital Burial Yard C. The photo was taken facing west in November, 2010, and is courtesy of Phil Lechak.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak is standing on Red Hill. The Jacob Schwartz Farm is behind the trees. The movie theaters for the Gettysburg Outlet Mall are behind the camera position.This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, August 5, 2011.

In Video #13 Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak is standing on the slope of Red Hill. He explains what happened to the Second Corps hospitals located in this area. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, August 5, 2011.
The text for all of the Corps Hospital markers. For a pdf version, click here.
Dr. Jonathan Letterman’s Official Report of the Battle of Gettysburg. For a pdf version, click here.

Greg Coco’s book, A Vast Sea of Misery is available from Thomas Publications.

To see other posts by Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides, click here.


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