Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association
About the Daniel Lady Farm - 888 Hanover Road
July 1-3, 1863 on the Daniel Lady Farm
As Confederate troops advanced through the town of Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 1st, the Union’s 1st Division of 12th Corps under General Alpheus Williams arrived on the farm intending to secure nearby Benner’s Hill. Williams decides to storm the hill, his skirmishers reached the area to the west of the barn where they exchanged some light fire with Virginia skirmishers higher up the hill. Before they can advance further they are recalled, retraced their steps, eventually taking position on Culp's Hill.
Soon thereafter, Major General Edward Johnson’s Division of Confederate regiments from Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana and North Carolina cautiously arrived on the farm. On July 2nd the farm became a staging area and headquarters for Johnson’s preparation for the attack on the Union flank at Culp’s Hill. Confederate artillery moved from the farm to nearby Benner’s Hill and at 4:00 p.m. began to place fire on Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill in advance of Johnson’s attack until overwhelmed and silenced by federal guns within a few hours.
The house and the barn were converted to a field hospital occupied by wounded and dying soldiers. The attack would begin again on the morning of July 3rd. Confederate forces retreated after the third day, leaving the most seriously wounded at the farm, later to be moved to the nearby Union field hospital “Camp Letterman.”
The house and barn survived the battle. The furniture in the house was used to comfort some but was also used for cook fires, and for hospital use. As you tour the house you will see bloodstains from the wounded and dying. When you tour the barn you will see where confederate soldiers carved their initials in a doorjamb and a fragment of Union cannon ball still lodged in a floor joist.
History comes alive at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm.
The Historic Daniel Lady Farm is located at 888 Hanover Road in Gettysburg.
For more information - 717-338-1776.
The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code and is registered as a charitable organization with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Contributions are tax deductible.
Daniel Lady farm today with placement of troops on 1st day of battle in the afternoon