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 The Adams Centinel, Gettysburg, PA
May 20, 1801
Eight Dollar Reward
Ran away from the subscriber on Sunday, the 17th inst., a German indented servant man, named John Godfrey Daniel Fidler, by trade a shoemaker, about thirty-two years of age, five feet eight or nine inches high; he is stout made and has short black hair. Had on a lead colored homemade thick cloth coat, brown thick cloth pantaloons, a white dimity waistcoat, and half boots. It is expected he is making towards Philadelphia. Whoever takes up said Servant and secures him in any jail so that his Master gets him again, shall have the above reward, and all reasonable expenses if brought by me.
Robert Wray


The Gazette, Gettysburg, PA
February 4, 1803
A letter dated Canalsburg, Dec. 3, 1802, written by Samuel Gordon, and directed by Joseph Hays, of Carlisle, contains the following very remarkable circumstance. The facts are stated precisely as we have received them, and the account is corroborated by another letter, received by another gentleman of this Town, on the same subject.
The Rev. John Watson (who had presided over the Academy at Canoesburg, in Washington county) and the Rev. John Moorehead were married (by the Rev. Marquis) to two daughters of the Rev. John McMillin, on the same day. Each of these gentlemen had a child born to him on the same day. They both labored for a considerable time under a consumptive complaint, both died on the same day (1st Dec. 1802) and both were interred on the same day, in the same grave. And the same minister who had married them, delivered a very affecting Sermon on the occasion.


The Gazette, Gettysburg, PA
April 22, 1803
Samuel Stretch, respectfully informs to citizens of Adams county, that he has lately commenced , and wishes to carry on in all its branches the tailoring business, next door to the house lately occupied by Mr. Matthew Longwall, in the town of Gettysburg,.
The Gazette, Gettysburg, PA
June 10, 1803
Sixty Mills Reward
For taking up the Runaway

Ran away from the subscriber about the middle of April last, an indented servant girl, named Agnes Burch. She is about thirteen years of age. The above reward will be given if she is brought home, but no charges will be paid by James Wilson


The Sprig of Liberty, Gettysburg, PA
May 25 1804

Information Wanted

About the last of February 1803, left the residence of her father in Berwick township, Adams county, about 12 miles from Gettysburg, a young woman named Susannah Noll, about 20 or 22 years of age. Her father died on the 6th of January last, intestate, it is therefore the wish of her friends, for their satisfaction, as well as her own interest that she may return home if living. If dead, it will be considered friendly in any person knowing of her death, to communicate information to the subscribers, living in Adams county, Pennsylvania.

John or George Noll

April 27, 1804



The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
August 28 1805

The highest price in cash will be given for good clean flaxseed if delivered at the store of Major George Kerr, in Gettysburg, or at the house of the subscriber - James Lloyd, Gettysburg, Aug. 22

The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
August 28 1805

For Sale - A valuable plantation containing 296 acres of patented land, situated in Carroli's tract, Adams county, within about 6 or 7 miles of the county town, Gettysburg, and within 55 miles of Baltimore. This land is limestone of the first quality. The fields are covered with walnut and locust. The improvements consist of a new barn, a small farm house, with about 200 acres of cleared land, of which 20 acres are good timothy meadow, with a never failing stream running through the middle of it, near the door; a large orchard, the fences all in good order. Any person willing to purchase may know the terms of sale by applying to Mr. Archibald Ramsey, on the premises, to James Gettys, Esq., in Gettysburg, or to the subscriber in Huntingdon - Alexander Dean, July 19




The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
June 20 1810
Major George Welsh is appointed Post Master for this borough, in the place of James Douglass, deceased.

The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
July 11 1810
Wednesday last being the anniversary of American Independence, the new volunteer corps of infantry called the "Union Whites," commanded by Major George Welsh, met, agreeably to an article of their Association, to celebrate the day. They assembled in the diamond, and after performing a number of military evolutions in a handsome manner, marched to a shady eminence near Mr. Dobbin's spring, where they were joined by a respectable number of citizens from the borough and neighborhood. Alexander Russell, Esq. was appointed President, and James Gettys, Esq., Vice President, when, after partaking of a cold collation, seventeen (and a few volunteer) toasts, proper for the occasion, were drank, accompanied by appropriate discharges of musquetry. The volunteer corps then marched down the main street performing the street fire and followed by the citizens in regular procession, till arrived at the Court house, when they dispersed. We cannot omit to observe, that on no similar occasion, have we witnessed a greater display of social harmony order, and propriety of conduct.



The Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA
August 18, 1819
A lost boy.
A lad about 10 years of age, who called himself Robert Chambers, is now at the house of Mr. Alexander Scott, in this borough. He says he arrived with his parents at Baltimore from Ireland, about two weeks since, in the ship Rolla - that they were on their way to Pittsburg - that he got separted from them in Hanover, and believing they had gone on, he pursued the Pittsburg road. He arrived here destitute on Saturday evening last, when Mr. Scott took him to his house, and this notice is given for the information of his parents.


The Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA
October 13, 1819
A black snake was killed, on Saturday, the 28th ult., in Plymouth township, in this county, which was five feet and a half long, and had two heads, one on each end, one of which was somewhat less than the other, but both equally natural. It was killed in an oats field, and was seen by a number of people.



Joseph Little's Hog
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, January 19, 1830
The Adams Sentinel of last week states, that "a hog, rasied by Mr. Joseph Little, of this borough, was slaughtered a few days since, which weighed 447 pounds!" The following paragraph from the Mifflin Eagle of the 7th inst. shows that Adams is outdone.
Col. Stephen Hinds of Decatur township, killed a pig the other day, one year and ten months old the weight of which was 541 ½ lbs.


Samuel Sherfy Kills Bald Eagle
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, March 16, 1830
Something Singular. - A Bald Eagle was shot on Monday the 8th inst. by Mr. Samuel Sherfy, on the farm of his father, in Cumberland township, about 1 ½ miles from this town - which measured 6 ½ feet between the tips of the wings. The bird weighted 11 lbs. and was very fat, yielding nearly a quart of grease. The skin has been stuffed from the examination of the curious. The distance between the points of the talons or claws, extended, was 6 ½ inches.


Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address

November 19 1863

On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee's defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army's ultimate decline.

Charged by Pennsylvania' s governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, an attorney named David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle. Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery's dedication. Almost as an afterthought, Wills also sent a letter to Lincoln--just two weeks before the ceremony--requestin g "a few appropriate remarks" to consecrate the grounds.

At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Lincoln spoke. Lincoln's address lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. This was his stirring conclusion: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Reception of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was initially mixed, divided strictly along partisan lines. Nevertheless, the "little speech," as he later called it, is thought by many today to be the most eloquent articulation of the democratic vision ever written. Transcribed by Fawn.

 

 

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