Camp Letterman

Camp Letterman

Treatment of the wounded at Gettysburg after the battle was left up to the mercy of the Army of the Potomac. The army’s Assistant Adjutant General, Seth Williams, issued orders on July 5, 1863, to establish a general hospital in the Gettysburg area, and to provide transportation and supplies to the site for treatment of the wounded. The temporary hospital was named after Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Medical Director for the Army of the Potomac, and was located on the George Wolf Farm, roughly one and one-half mile east of Gettysburg on the York Pike.

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Phil Lechak at Camp Letterman
Camp Letterman Part 1
The site chosen for the vast hospital camp was on the George Wolf Farm, roughly one and one-half miles east of Gettysburg on the York Pike. The farm was adjacent to the main road and the railroad where a depot was established. Arriving trains would deliver a continual flow of supplies for the Gettysburg camp and transport convalescents to permanent hospitals in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington.
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Amputation at Camp Letterman
Camp Letterman Part 2
Part Two covers the Operating Tent Area and the view from what Phil calls “Hospital Hill” of Camp Letterman.
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Embalming tent
Camp Letterman Part 3
Phil takes us around a large area where archaeological digs were conducted, and the embalming tent area of the hospital complex at Camp Letterman.
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Camp Letterman Part 4
Today we will view the location of the Camp Letterman Graveyard.
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Sanitary Commission area
Camp Letterman Part 5
Phil shows us the Camp Letterman locations for the United States Sanitary Commission and the United States Christian Commission.
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Modern day Camp Letterman
Camp Letterman Part 6
Today’s Camp Letterman segment concludes our tour of the site with Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak. Today’s post covers the kitchen site, and shows this area from the York Road. Phil also has provided us photographs with the removal of trees from this site last week.
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