Not all Civil War stories come from soldiers. In 1938, after soldiers from both sides met to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, Emily Brenneman shared her Civil War story with the local newspaper. She spoke of how a can of gunpowder left on her back porch was used to torch a nearby bridge to prevent the Confederate soldiers from crossing.
- The year was 1938. In Gettysburg, thousands of aged Civil War veterans gathered together one final time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.
- “Wrightsville, July 6. — Since the celebration of the Blue and Gray reunion at Gettysburg, it has left the citizens of this town history conscious and more fully aware of the town’s identity with events which have shaped the destiny of state and nation.
- “The anniversary of ‘Farthest East Day’ and the Blue and Gray reunion at Gettysburg brought many recollections of Civil war days to Miss Emily Brenneman, 92-year-old resident of Lancaster and former resident of Wrightsville.
“The year was 1938. In Gettysburg, thousands of aged Civil War veterans gathered together one final time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Many York Countians, some still living, traveled to view the massive encampment and talk to the old soldiers. Local Boy Scouts ministered to their needs. Stories abounded.”
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