A Sanctuary for the Wounded
The Civil War Hospital at Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Published by: Christ Lutheran Church
Writers: Karen Christian, Pastor Stephen Herr, Eileen Hoover, Hilda C. Koontz, Anna Jane Moyer, Ronald A. P. Rock, and Frederick K. Wentz
Editor: Hilda C. Koontz
During three terrible days in 1863, over 160,000 troops in the combined Union and Confederate armies fought the most costly battle of the Civil War in the tiny town of Gettysburg PA (pop. 2,400). When the armies finally retreated, their combined casualties exceeded 51,000 – 22,000 of which were left behind.
Into this sea of agony came a different kind of army – supplied not with bullets, but with bandages. Townspeople, volunteers from afar, physicians and clergy all worked valiantly to bring healing and dying in the makeshift hospitals that occupied nearly every building in Gettysburg.
A Sanctuary For the Wounded: The Civil War Hospital at Christ Lutheran Church tells the in-depth story of one of the major facilities which housed the wounded from the first day of the Battle and for six weeks thereafter. The book includes a history of Christ Church, an accurate overview of military medical care during the Civil War, and first-hand accounts of the struggles faced by the nurses, doctors and patients who were sheltered within its walls.
This book is based on extensive primary research and includes new and rarely seen photographs and illustrations.
Softcover, 86 pages