Battle of Gettysburg Series – Cashtown Inn, Confederate HQ

Cashtown Inn

A few days ago I wrote a post about Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the historical significance that the Battle of Gettysburg played during the American Civil War.  I thought I would post a photo taken just outside of Gettysburg.  The, “Cashtown Inn” became the headquarters of the Confederate Army a few days before and during the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863.  The small town of Cashtown, located approximately eight miles from Gettysburg, was transformed into a Confederate Army camp.  Upon hearing that Union Army forces were heading in his direction, General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate Army, ordered his troops to gather and stay at Cashtown until the location of Union troops was better known.  Lee affirmed there was to be no movement until the Confederate Army could be united.

Historical documents note a decisive move on the part of Confederate General Henry Heth.  On June 30th, 1863, Confederate General James Johnston Pettigrew led his troops to the outskirts of Gettysburg in search of supplies and shoes.  Spotting Union cavalrymen, Pettigrew ordered his men to retreat back to Cashtown, and reported his findings to General Heth.  Despite having this extremely important information, and for reasons unbeknownst to anyone but himself, General Heth asked higher ranking General A.P. Hill if he had any objections to his moving troops into Gettysburg to search for shoes.  General Hill reportedly replied, “None at all.”  Heth proceeded to move the troops into Gettysburg where Union forces fired upon the Confederates.  General Heth ordered his men to fire back.  The Battle of Gettysburg had begun, and the fateful determination to move into Gettysburg by General Heth, notwithstanding his awareness of Union cavalrymen located close by, was decided inside the Cashtown Inn.

Many buildings were used as field hospitals during the Battle of Gettysburg; the Cashtown Inn was no exception.

Fast-forward to present, the Cashtown Inn  is a lovely place to stay, with each room named after a General who stayed there during the famous battle of Gettysburg.  This building (and the exterior area) has an energy of its own.  Having spent several nights here, what I felt I cannot deny.  Let’s just say this building is much more than bricks and mortar.  If you have the opportunity to visit Gettysburg, you might want to take a short drive to the Cashtown Inn.  Your mind might wander to the Summer of 1863, where the road in front of the building was not asphalt but dirt; can you hear the approaching clanging sounds of rifles slung over well-worn shoulders?  Do you see the faces of young men as they parade past you, preparing to defend a cause perhaps not truly known?  Here is an artist’s rendition of the event:

Cashtown Inn painting

– photo courtesy of http://photo.accuweather.com

Cashtown Inn 1863

– photo courtesy of examiner.com

The above photo was taken in the early 1900s.   I must tell you I’ve seen this actual photo.  It is located with the Cashtown Inn’s photo collection.  There is something unusual about this photo.  I shall leave it at that for now!

  24 comments for “Battle of Gettysburg Series – Cashtown Inn, Confederate HQ

  1. April 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Reblogged this on galesmind and commented:
    Fascinating part of American history.

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  2. April 15, 2015 at 11:35 am

    It’s funny how we take paved roads for granted. But having a dirt road in front of it changes the landscape entirely. The front porch is different, too.

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    • April 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Yes, that’s true. The building was constructed in 1797; a lot of changes since then! Cher xo

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  3. April 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Thank God for the artists and historians who preserved all the stories and articles that let us learn from this time eh

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    • April 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

      That is for sure, Andy! I think that’s why I appreciate how much effort has gone into keeping Gettysburg (as an example) artifacts preserved! You are totally right. How can we learn if not from the past? *double clink* 😉 Thanks for your words, Andy! Cher xo

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  4. April 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Reblogged this on georgeforfun.

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  5. April 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you so much, Cher. I love this road down my country’s history that you are taking us on. Looking forward to the next “chapter.” I wonder what is unusual about the photo?

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    • April 16, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Ah, you are most welcome, dear Carol! Thank YOU! I find it all so fascinating; being a Canadian, I didn’t study much of America’s history. Well, I would like you to please have a look at the photo again, Carol. Do you see more than one person standing in front of the Cashtown (the black and white photo)? Cher xo

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      • April 17, 2015 at 8:53 pm

        Why, yes, I do. If you didn’t mention it, I wouldn’t have looked for her. She is hardly discernible. Is she a ghost?

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      • April 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        Apparently from what I heard from the locals, the photo was taken about 50 years after the civil war; they say the person on the left-hand side of the porch is a soldier from the civil war (ghost). When I saw the photo was myself at the Cashtown, I have to say it was extremely unusual, Carol! Cher xo

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      • April 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

        I thought it was a woman!

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      • April 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

        I wonder…………. I heard it was a soldier from the civil war because of the uniform; gee, I wonder if there are more than two people in that photo?

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  6. Don
    April 16, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Cher, I have watched the film directed by Ronald F Maxwell. I was mesmerized by it and have watched it on two other occasions. Deeply tragic and very moving. My favourite character is Colonel Joshua Chamberlain portrayed so magnificently by Jeff Daniels. And of course the musical score by Randy Edelman was just brilliant. The film stimulated my interest and I read quite extensively around it, particularly about Chamberlain. Something in his story resonated with something in me.

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    • April 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Hi Don, and yet again we have something in common! I feel the exact same way about Jeff Daniels’ performance as Chamberlain; it was incredible, wasn’t it? I also love the musical score. My parents visit Gettysburg (from Canada) at least once a year, and they listen to the music in the car (well, they listen to it a lot at home quite often) and have seen the movie many, many times. My mom met Ron Maxwell a number of years ago and occasionally corresponds with him. Interesting what you mentioned about Chamberlain’s story resonated with you. That in and of itself I find very interesting, Don. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Don! If anything else comes to mind about Gettysburg, etc., I’d appreciate your comments (as always, of course)! Cher xo

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      • Don
        April 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

        Thanks Cher. I can understand your parents doing what they do. Must have been quite a meeting for your Mom, the one with Ron Maxwell. What a privilege. So much I can say about Chamberlain. An outstanding character. Thanks to you I’m going to watch that movie again. 🙂

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      • April 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        Oh yes, Don; My mom was thrilled about meeting Ron Maxwell, especially because of his incredible work on the movie. I agree (as do my parents); Chamberlain was an incredible character, wasn’t he, Don? I cannot watch the speech scene (whereby he gives his men a pep talk, or sorts) without tears. I shall have to tell my parents you are going to watch the movie again; somehow I think they’ll be doing the same again soon! Thank you, Don! Cher xo

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  7. April 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Cher, thanks for featuring the Cashtown Inn. I’ve eaten dinner there several times as it is about 50 minutes from where I live.

    We visit Gettysburg quite often since both my husband and I read quite a bit about the Civil War. It was nice to see the Cashtown Inn show up on your blog.

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    • April 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Kate! Oh that is great! My parents will be very envious when they read your comments, as they try to get down to Gettysburg from Canada at least once a year if not more! I can’t wait to go back. I did a post last week showing a cannon facing a field in Gettysburg. It is an absolutely incredible history, isn’t it, Kate? The Farnsworth is one of my favorite places in Gettysburg. Cher xo

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      • April 21, 2015 at 9:39 pm

        Ever tour the Eisenhower farm? That’s a nice way to spend an hour or so.

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      • April 22, 2015 at 7:17 am

        Hi Kate! I haven’t but my parents have. They really enjoyed it. Thank you, I’m going to do that next time we’re in Gettysburg! Cher xo

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  8. April 23, 2015 at 1:50 am

    A fascinating series you’re running here Cher – looking forward to the next post 🙂

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    • April 23, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Thank you so much, Martin! It shall be coming soon! Cher xo

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