When it comes to things I like best about Gettysburg, this photo of the Lydia Thompson house, otherwise known as Gen. Lee’s headquarters, has it all: Artillery out front, a nice contrast of colors, and a perfect stone finish. I’ve loved stone structures all my life. Not sure why . . . ancestor memories maybe? (Now if we could only get those modern dormers removed . . .)
The first thing I did was: (No, not enjoy the historicalness of the building or its environs as most folks would) start taking close-ups of the artillery. I’m not sure if this piece is original or not; I can’t tell if the mottling around the barrel is lettering or just a warp from age. Sadly, this piece and its twin could probably benefit from a good paint job. Nonetheless, they do look nice perched on the lawn.
Stone buildings have always held a fascination for me, and getting to see one close-up is always a treat. What I particularly like here is that it looks very old-fashioned (except for the chain across the door). Save for that chain (and there probably wasn’t a bench here in 1863) I can imagine that this is exactly what the side of the house looked like when Lydia Thompson and her family lived here, and when Gen. Lee arrived. That’s a big part of Gettysburg for me, knowing what something looked like, seeing what the soldiers saw. Now, as for reviews, I haven’t been in the museum for quite a few years but I remember it being very small. (Still neat to see the inside of the house, though). The gift shop is nice but they seem to have a fast turnaround, at least for the few items I looked for from month to month.
PVT. WILLIAM TEESDALE
Co. C, 68TH Pennsylvania Infantry
Born November 25, 1822 --- Died July 10, 1863 at age 40
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