Last week we looked briefly into the life and times of Matilda Pierce through my brief review of Tanya Anderson's wonderful book--Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg. So this week, let's continue our introduction with a few locations important to her story. (By the way, Anderson provides many diverse and intriguing photos in her history.)
If you read last week's review, you know that Tillie accompanies her neighbor (with young children) to flee to the countryside and farm of her parents, never imagining that the grisly and tragic war would follow them. The Weikert barn and home would soon host hundreds of injured and dying
soldiers, some whose names have been immortalized. And Tillie Pierce
Yesterday I also drove out the Taneytown Road to locate and photograph
this historic location. Although privately owned, the farmstead proudly
announces its historical significance as a Civil War Hospital.
Finally, for more photos of the Weikert Farm and to learn more of its history, including information on Tillie's role, visit the Gettysburg Daily. Wherever I go, the Daily has been there first.
Until next week . . . Here's hoping you soon "get with Gettysburg!"