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Shriver House in Gettysburg tells one family's story during the battle

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 5, 2013 8:11 PM
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Shriver House attic where Confederate sharpshooters stationed themselves during the battle.

All the guests who appeared on our special Radio Smart Talk broadcasts this week to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg were wonderful.  All told compelling stories and brought the history alive.

One of my favorites was told by Nancie Gudmestad, owner of the Shriver House Museum on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg.

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Parade down Baltimore Street on November 19, 1863. President Lincoln is among those traveling to the cemetery. Shriver House is in the center.

Hettie Shriver lived with her two daughters, Sadie and Mollie, when the battle started on July 1, 1863.  Her husband George was away fighting in the Union army.  When fighting got close to the Shriver home, Hettie took the girls to a place she thought would be safe.  It turns out that was between Big and Little Round Tops where some of the worst combat of the battle took place.

Hettie and the girls saw the horrors of the battle over the next few days.

They returned home on July 7 and were told by their neighbor that Confederate sharpshooters had used the Shriver attic as a perch to take shots at Union targets on Cemetery Hill.

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Shriver House today.

Gudmestad told me she and her husband didn't know anything about the history of the house when they bought it.  When they remodeled they found bullets and other artifacts from the battle.  They're on display today.  A Crime Scene Investigator went through the attic and was able to determine a fairly substantial amount of blood had been spilled there.

The story goes that two Confederates were killed in the attic.

It's fascinating story that will be told with a reenactment Saturday night.

Shriver House and Museum is located at 309 Baltimore Street in Gettysburg.  The reenactment begins at 5 p.m Saturday, July 6.

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