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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Civil War History of Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg

Civil War Hospital Historical Marker in Gettysburg Pennsylvania
A few months ago we visited Gettysburg Pennsylvania, so that we could learn more about the Civil War and it's aftermath on the community of Gettysburg. During our trip we visited and toured many different attractions, but one thing from our trip really stood out...The Christ Lutheran Church and the part it played in the Civil War.

The church was founded in 1835-36 to provide christian service to Gettysburg residents who wanted their worship services to be in English. Other area churches & congregations were holding the majority of their services in German, so a church of this nature was needed.
The Civil War History of Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg took place from July 1st through July 3rd, 1863 and most buildings in the area were used as field hospitals to care for the wounded and dying. This church was no exception and at one time housed over 100 men who needed care.

Christ Lutheran Church is not far from Lincoln Square and during our visit we walked over to the church to take a look. It's a beautiful church and quite large in size. Out front they have historical markers and plaques that you can read which gives you some of the church's history and the important part that it played during the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Civil War History of Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg

You can visit the Christ Lutheran Church online to read over the historical role that it played during the Civil War and how it's a thriving christian church today. It's the oldest church in Gettysburg that is still be used for worship services.
Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg Pennsylvania

If you're in the area and would like to attend one of the Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital performances, you can check out this PAGE for information on that. If you're not in the area, you can purchase a book and/or CD with the information and performance in them. It's really fascinating to visit this place and to see & hear the performance, so we highly recommend it and wanted to mention it here on our travel blog.

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