"Now We Are Engaged In A Great Civil War"

      "It is absolutely inconceivable." These were the words uttered by Eliza Farnham, a volunteer nurse from Philadelphia, about the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. The fighting left approximately 10,000 men dead, 20,000 men wounded, and another 20,000 missing or captured, making it the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. Thousands of lives would forever be changed by the events of July 1-July 3, 1863.

     Most visitors to the battlefield tour the infamous Little Round Top, the blood-drenched Wheatfield, and sublime fields of Pickett's Charge. Few however visit Coster Avenue, a small sequestered portion of the battlefield off of Stratton Street in the town proper. While many lives, both Union and Confederate, were lost on this "forgotten" portion of the battlefield, many lives were forever changed. The events that transpired on this section of land on July 1, 1863 had far-reaching effects well outside the context of the Union victory and the Civil War.


Photo by Caitlin Kostic 

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  • The Fighting at Coster Avenue     As the fighting on July 1, 1863, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg raged on, it was becoming evident that more Confederate troops were moving to outflank the ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2011, 9:04 AM by Caitlin Brown
  • Banners of Courage     Among the Union soldiers who would experience the fighting at Coster Avenue, the flag bearers for the individual regiments would go through some of the worst of it.  In the ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2011, 8:48 PM by Caitlin Brown
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  • Coster Avenue Mural       On July 1, 1988, the 125th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a mural depicting the fighting at Coster Avenue was dedicated.  The idea for creating the mural was conceived ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2011, 9:22 AM by Caitlin Brown
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  • A Face of the Unkown Amongst the dead in and around the Kuhn's brickyard was a Union soldier from New York. He had been shot in the chest as the Confederates advanced upon ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2011, 8:50 AM by Caitlin Brown
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  • The Strickland Experience    If you lived during the time of the American Civil War and were a recent immigrant to this country, would you have enlisted in the Union army and have sacrificed ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2011, 6:05 PM by Caitlin Brown
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  • "The Great Task Remaining Before Us" Death affected every aspect of life for Americans during the Civil War. Families from both the North and South were left with permanent voids as their fathers, husbands, sons, brothers ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2011, 8:49 AM by Caitlin Brown
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  • About Us   Andrew Askins and Caitlin Kostic, the creators of this website, are graduate students at Shippensburg University. They chose to interpret Coster Avenue since it is often times ignored by people ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2011, 5:12 PM by Caitlin Brown
  • Links The National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/gett   The Gettysburg Foundation:  http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org    
    Posted Dec 13, 2011, 9:06 AM by Caitlin Brown
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