The West Tour

Prince of Peace Episcopal, St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic, St. Paul’s AME Zion & Christ Lutheran

The West Tour covers approximately six-tenths of a mile. At each of these locations, factual presentations will be given regarding the role played by each church during the Battle of Gettysburg and its history in the community

Prince of Peace Episcopal Church
20 West High Street

Highlights: Church built as a symbol of national reconciliation; cornerstone placed by veterans on 25th anniversary of battle; more than 130 memorial stones and plaques in bell tower.

Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
22 West High Street

Highlights: Used as a hospital for several hundred Confederate and Union soldiers; first-person impressions of Father Corby, Col. Huidekoper, Mother Norris, and Sallie Myers; bronze plaques and stained-glass windows depict historic events.

St. Paul’s AME Zion Church
269 South Washington Street

Highlights: Oldest African-American church; located on the site of the town’s first black resident; history of African-Americans in Gettysburg; the Underground Railroad; the Lincoln Cemetery.

Christ Lutheran Church
30 Chambersburg Street

Highlights: Used as a hospital; Chaplain Howell mortally wounded on the front steps; Mary McAllister and other women heroically nursed wounded soldiers; “Old Liz” used the belfry for refuge.

The East Tour

Gettysburg Presbyterian, Trinity United Church of Christ, United Methodist, & Saint James Lutheran

The East Tour covers approximately one-half of a mile. At each of these locations, presentations will be given regarding the role played by each church during the Battle of Gettysburg and it’s history in the community.

Gettysburg Presbyterian Church
208 Baltimore Street

Highlights: Was a hospital for the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac; President Abraham Lincoln attended a service here while in town to dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery; the Eisenhower family attended services here; the church filed claims for damage due to the battle that were never paid.

Trinity United Church of Christ
60 East High Street

Highlights: Used as a hospital by the Union Eleventh Corps; narrated accounts of the gruesome scene in and around the church by wounded soldiers, Army doctors, and local civilians.

United Methodist Church
30 West High Street

Highlights: First-person impressions provide a human perspective on the battle. Church members relate their experiences which includes the story of John Burns “The Hero of Gettysburg”. The Methodist presentation will be held in the GAR building on Middle Street, the location of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1863

Saint James Lutheran Church
109 York Street

Highlights: Used as a hospital; Civil War music and a costumed presentation will relate the story of St. James Church in the Civil War including the Jennie Wade Story.