Jun 22



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Jim Hessler has now moved to the Daniel Sheaffer Farm on the Baltimore Pike. Although the sign states that Sickles’ leg was amputated here, Jim has his doubts. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

One of the most interesting individuals at the Battle of Gettysburg was United States Major-General Daniel Sickles. His movement to a position forward of the Army of the Potomac’s battle line on July 2, 1863, depending on your point of view, either saved the Union Army, or almost led to its destruction. Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Jim Hessler has been guiding at Gettysburg since 2003. He is employed full-time with Bill Me Later/ PayPal and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2003. His book, Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg, was published this month. He is a long-time Gettysburg and Little Bighorn enthusiast and also a speaker at Civil War Round Tables. He lives in Gettysburg with his wife and two children.

In our first post on Sickles at Gettysburg we saw Sickles’ Corps’ position at Bridgeport, Maryland, Emmitsburg Maryland, and his arrival at the Gettysburg Battlefield. In our second post, we looked at Sickles’ Gettysburg position near Cemetery Ridge before he made his move west to the Emmitsburg Road. In our third post, we showed Sickles’ movement of his line to the high ground near the Peach Orchard and the Emmitsburg Road. In our fourth post, we showed General Meade’s reaction to Sickles’ move. In our fifth post, Jim described Sickles’ wounding. In today’s post Jim visits the Daniel Sheaffer House on the Baltimore Pike where Sickles stayed the night following his wounding.



This map shows the location of where our Sickles videos were produced. Videos #1-#5 were shown in our first Sickles video post. Videos #6-7# were taken on Cemetery Ridge near the New York Auxiliary Monument. Video #8 was taken in the low ground near the George Weikert House. Videos #9 and #14 was taken at Meade’s Headquarters (Leister House). Videos #s 10, 12, 13, 15, and 17 were taken in the Sherfy Peach Orchard. Video #11 was taken on the north side of Little Round Top. Video #16 was taken near the Stony Hill/Loop area. Videos #s 18-20 were taken in the area of the Trostle Farm. Video #21 was taken near the Taneytown Road in the vicinity of the Michael Frey Farm. Video #s 22-24 were taken at the Daniel Sheaffer Farm on the Baltimore Pike. This map was created facing north at approximately 10:00 PM on Monday, June 15, 2009.

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In Video #22 (Videos #s 1-21 were featured in our previous Sickles’ posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Jim Hessler brings Daniel Sickles to the Daniel Sheaffer Farm. This view was taken facing northeast to southwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



The Daniel Sheaffer House was built by Nicholas Mark in 1791. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



It is one of the oldest houses in Adams County, Pennsylvania. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



The 1860 federal census shows that Daniel Sheaffer or Shaffer was a farmer. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



He was born circa 1802 in Pennsylvania. His real estate was worth $4000 and his personal estate was worth $800. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



He lived in the same dwelling and was part of the same family with Lydia Shaffer, born circa 1820 in Pennsylvania, John B. Shaffer, born circa 1840 in Pennsylvania… This view was taken facing south at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



…Leo Shaffer, born circa 1842 in Pennsylvania, Jacob Shaffer, born circa 1843 in Pennsylvania… This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



…Susannah Shaffer, born circa 1849 in Pennsylvania, and Sarah Shaffer, born circa 1851 in Pennsylvania. This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



General Sickles may have been brought to this northwest side of the Sheaffer house into the room represented by the window on the left side of the first floor. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

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In Video #23 Licensed Battlefield Guide Jim Hessler explains where Sickles might have been brought into the Sheaffer House, and the item that he asked for after he found out the Union had held Cemetery Ridge on July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing south to northwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



The well where Sickles had his wine “chilled” on July 3, 1863. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

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In Video #24 Jim Hessler describes Sickles trip to Littlestown, and eventually to Washington, D.C. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



We would like to thank the owner of the Daniel Sheaffer Farm, John Pannick, for allowing to film on his property. Swordandsaber.com is John’s website for military memorabilia. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009.



Here is the cover of Jim’s new book on Daniel Sickles. It is published by Savas Beattie LLC, and was published this month. Click here for a link to an interview with Jim on their site. This cover was uploaded at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

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