Jan 31

The Wagon Hotel was located at the junction of Baltimore Street/Baltimore Pike on the left and Steinwehr Avenue/Emmitsburg Road on the right.This view was taken facing southwest circa 1884.

Fred Hawthorne’s interest in the American Civil War stemmed from stories his grandmother related of his soldier-ancestors’ war experiences. Such stories spurred him at an early age to read every book and magazine he could find dealing with the war and his family’s role in it. Hawthorne’s ancestors took up arms on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. Fred’s distant cousin, Lieutenant Thomas Huddleston, was the first western Virginia Confederate officer to die in the war - accidentally shot by one of his own men while guarding a bridge in the spring of 1861. Fred’s great grand-uncle Alex Armstrong served as a sharpshooter in Company B of the 100th Pennsylvania Infantry. The 100th took part in most of the campaigns of Ambrose Burnside’s 9th Army Corps. Another great grand-uncle in the same unit had the fingers of his hand shot off in the initial assaults on Petersburg in June of 1864. His great, great-grandfather rode with the 8th Virginia Cavalry and was captured by the Yankees while foraging for horses that same year. The study of that crucial period of American history became a lifelong interest.

Fred served four years as an Intelligence Analyst with the United States Air Force during the later stages of the Vietnam War. Assignment to the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. for much of this period allowed for many off-duty hours stomping, studying and relic-hunting the old battlefields of northern and central Virginia. Following completion of his service obligation Fred earned a university degree in American History and another in Secondary Education at the Pennsylvania State University. He went on to acquire an advanced degree in Colonial American History and Historical Archaeology. He spent sixteen years teaching history and economics on both university and secondary school levels before making a career change to educational computing in the early 1990’s operating a 400-station computer network for a public school district in south central Pennsylvania.

Following graduation from Penn State Fred settled in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in a house built on ground over which Lee’s troops passed in their final assault on the Union center. The first day he lived in the house was marked with finding a dropped Confederate bullet while planting shrubbery. This location has given the opportunity of spending countless hours walking the more than twenty-five square miles of that historic site.

In 1981 Fred took the battlefield guide qualifying exam administered by the National Park Service earning a federal license to serve as a Licensed Battlefield Guide. For the past twenty-nine years he has conducted more than 50,000 visitors around the battlefields of Gettysburg and other sites of that war. These visitors came from all fifty states and over forty foreign countries. For thirteen of those years Fred served as president of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Inc. – the oldest professional guide service in the United States dating back to 1915. He still holds several executive positions with that organization.

He is also the author of the book, Gettysburg: Stories of Men and Monuments As Told By Battlefield Guides.

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In today’s 140 Places Every Guide Should Know post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Fred Hawthorne shows us the site of the Wagon Hotel, where a false artillery shell was once located at Twin Sycamores, and the location of the Harvey Sweney House.

This map shows us the locations taken of the videos for the 140 Places Every Guide Should Know series. Videos #1-#51 were shown in our previous 140 Places Every Guide Should Know posts. Video #49 was taken at the Baltimore Street house where Jennie Wade died. Video #50 was taken at the Breckinridge Street house where Ginnie Wade lived at the time of the battle. Video #51 was taken at Baltimore Street house where Jenny Wade was born. Video #52 was taken near the site of the Wagon Hotel/Battlefield Hotel. Video #53 was taken at the John Winebrenner House. Video #54 was taken in the area of the Farnsworth House.This map was created facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Fred Hawthorne is the host for this series on 140 Places Every Guide Should Know. He is standing near the junction of Steinwehr Avenue (just behind Fred) and the Baltimore Pike near the large hotel in the left background. The Wagon Hotel is located where the Gateway Mini Mart is now located. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

In Video #52 (Videos #1-51 were shown in our previous 140 Places Posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Fred Hawthorne shows the location of the Wagon Hotel, and describes how it was used by Union soldiers during the battle. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Licensed Battlefield Guide Fred Hawthorne is standing in front of the John Winebreener House (Twin Sycamores) at the junction of Lefever Street (foreground), and Baltimore Street (mostly out of sight on the far left. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

In Video #53 Licensed Battlefield Guide Fred Hawthorne is standing by Twin Sycamores (John Winebrenner House at the time of the battle). He shows us where a false artillery shell was once located. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Licensed Battlefield Guide Fred Hawthorne points to the area between the two windows where the falsely placed artillery shell was once located. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

The falsely placed artillery shell was located in the center of this view where the smallest section of brick is now located. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fred Hawthorne is standing at the junction of Lefever Street (mostly out of sight on the right) and Baltimore Street (clearly visible behind Fred). In the background to the left of Fred’s head is the Farnsworth House. In the background above and to the right of Fred’s head is the William Homan House, some of which is original. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

In Video #54 Fred Hawthorne shows us the location of the Farnsworth House and tells us that at the time of the battle, it was known as the Harvey Sweney House (or Harvey Sweeney House). This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012

The following list, certainly not a definitive one, was compiled by several Guides during long rides back and forth to grad school. It is in no way the “official policy” of the N.P.S. or the A.L.B.G., nor is it necessarily all knowledge expected of prospective new Guides. It is felt that in addition to a good, overall knowledge of the battle, a firm knowledge of the various features and sites related to the area and its pre and post battle history is necessary information for a newly-licensed Guide to begin to acquire.

As of now, there are 153 places/facts on the list, and they are not in any particular order.

1. Timbers’ Farm
2. “The Devil’s Kitchen”
3. “Slaughter Pen”
4. The actual “Devil’s Den”
5. Neill Avenue
6. Hampton Battery Rock
7. Fuller Marker
8. Irsch Advance Marker
9. Jones Artillery Avenue
10. 1st Shot Marker
11. Hazlett Inscription
12. McAllister Mill Site
13. Menchey’s Spring
14. Wagon Hotel
15. Coster Avenue
16. “Trough” Rock
17. Forney Farm Site
18. Fahnestock Building
19. Henry Culp House
20. Dan Shaffer Farm
21. George House
22. South Cavalry Field
23. 1st Corps Barricade site
24. Bushman Hill
25. Herbst Woods
26. Ohio Flank Markers on Cemetery Hill
27. Ginny Wade’s Three “Houses”
28. 25th Anniversary Memorial
29. 50th Anniversary Memorial
30. Warfield Ridge
31. Warfield House
32. Hunt’s HQ Marker
33. Tipton Inscription
34. John Burn’s House site
35. George Nixon’s Grave
36. Bigelow’s “Gate”
37. Brown’s “Gate”
38. Dinosaur Footprints
39. Springs Hotel Site
40. “A.L. Coble” Rock
41. “D.A.” Rock
42. Greene’s Traverse
43. Palmer Marker
44. Heth Wounding Tree
45. Gibbon Tree
46. 54th NY Skirmish Line
47. Iron Brigade Position, Culp’s Hill
48. Vincent Inscription
49. 40th NY Inscription
50. Original “Valley of Death”
51. Parrott Rifle #1 (CP)
52. Belmont Schoolhouse
53. Rock on which Ellis’ and Cromwell’s bodies were placed following death.
54. McPherson’s Woods
55. 32nd Mass Aide Station
56. Site where Colonel Avery fell
57. Ginny Wade’s three graves
58. Armistead’s Grave site
59. Heagy Farm site
60. Alms House site
61. Old Adams Co. Prison
62. Sickles’ Wounding Site
63. J. Weikert Farm
64. Granite Schoolhouse Site
65. Stock House
66. Sweeney House
67. Schimmelfennig’s Shed site
68. Howe Avenue
69. Eagle Hotel site
70. Chaplain Howell Shot marker
71. Williams Avenue
72. Power’s Hill
73. Ordnance Rifle #233
74. Berdan Avenue
75. Triangular Field
76. Pardee Field
77. Sachs’ Bridge
78. Emanuel Pitzer Farm
79. George Sandoe’s Death site
80. Penelope
81. Only ‘63 Tree left in the National Cemetery
82. Location of the only 6 Rifled Napoleons made.
83. Houck’s Ridge
84. Advanced Marker 1st Md CSA
85. Ewell’s HQ Marker
86. Newton’s HQ Marker
87. Confederates in Natl. Cem
88. Lt. Col. Fowler Killed
89. Seminary Buildings ‘63
90. College Buildings ‘63
91. Wentz House
92. Rogers House Site
93. George Sandoe’s Grave
94. Raffensberger’s Hill
95. “The Killing Swale”
96. Spangler’s Meadow
97. Capture site 150th Pa Flag
98. Chamberlain Avenue site
99. Meade Avenue site
100. Devil’s Slipper
101. Commonwealth of PA Parrotts
102. State of Connecticut James Rifles
103. Only statue of regimental commander on the field
104. Semmes’ Wounding site
105. “CORA”
106. Codori Spring
107. Location of only original 6 Pdr on field
108. “Brockenbrough’s” Rock Quarry
109. 5th Ohio’s Skirmish Line “HQ”
110. “P. Noel” carving
111. McGilvery Avenue
112. Red Patch
113. Herman Haupt’s Gettysburg Home
114. Josiah Benner’s Springhouse
115. Col. Collis’s grave
116. “Sickles’ Act” plaque
117. John Page Nicholson marker
118. William Miller’s Grave
119. Where Amos Hummiston died
120. 123rd NY Skirmish Marker
121. Slocum’s HQ marker
122. Sgt. Major Stockton’s rock
123. Western Maryland Railroad Station
124. Vincent wounding inscription.
125. “Second” Spangler’s Spring
126. Z. Taney Farm site.
127. Army of Potomac Right Flank Marker
128. Christ Lutheran Church
129. German Reformed Church
130. Wesley Culp’s Grave
131. Burial plot of museum remains.
132. 26th Pa. Emergency “Action” Marker
133. Blocher’s Knoll
134. “The Big Rocks”
135. Battle Dead plot in Evergreen
136. Exact location of speaker’s platform on November 19.
137. Kuhn House one of twelve buildings that still have Civil War artillery shells in them.
138. Site of the original advance marker of the 27th Connecticut.
139. Pump site where Gen. Early wrote demands on Gettysburg, June 26.
140. Oldest existing Gettysburg church still used as a church.
141. Gen. Crawford’s HQ site night of July 2.
142. Homes of three free Black families on field at time of the battle.
143. What was first monument on the field with a clearly visible Confederate Flag on it?
144. Last Civil War/Gettysburg veteran to serve as park superintendent
145. Willard’s Death Site

146. Captain Jedediah Chapman (27th CT) Marker

147. Brooke Rock

148. Granite Schoolhouse Location

149. Eisenhower Home on Washington Street

150. Eisenhower Office on Gettysburg College Campus

151. Crass-Barbehenn House one of twelve buildings that still have CW artillery shells

152. High Street School

153. Winebrenner House (Twin Sycamores) where an artillery shell was falsely placed.

Fred Hawthorne is the author of the book, Gettysburg: Stories of Men and Monuments As Told By Battlefield Guides. It was published by the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides in 1988, and is available in many Gettysburg area bookstores. This image was scanned facing south at approximately 9:00 PM on Friday, September 17, 2010.


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