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The Farms: Civilians Nearby Page4

(7-01) In 1863 this was the farm of Abraham Brian. He was a free black man who owned his own property. When Confederates invaded Pennsylvania he left the area. During the fighting his farm was heavily damaged
Tablet (The Brian Farm)

(7-01) The Brian house, barn and 111th New York Monument on Cemetery Ridge (near the Cyclorama building). View looking west



(7-01) Brian house, southeast corner

(Wartime) Southeast corner of Brian farmhouse following the battle
Brian house and barn from the northwest, 1875-76


Enlarge The Snyder Farm. View looking southeast towards Seminary Ridge and West Confederate Ave. The Snyder farm is on the northeast side of the Jct of Wheatfield (Millerstown) Road and West Confederate Ave. The Warfield Farm is south, across Wheatfield Road and hidden by the trees

Curt Fisher photo

The view was identified on December 5, 2010 by Paul J. Goda


(2011) James McKnight Farm on Slocum Ave.
I would like to point out that one farm at Gettysburg gets very little recognition even though it sits right in the union line on Cemetery Hill. That is the James McKnight farm which still stands to this day. James and Margaret McKnight are the great great great grandparents of my wife. The house sat 100-150 yards to the rear of the union artillery on Stevens Knoll which was referred to as McKnight's Hill until after the battle and it was renamed Steven's Knoll. This farm was also one of the first properties bought by the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association. They wanted an easy access between Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill so the farm was bought and then subdivided. The house, barn and five acres were sold to several private citizens to include a member of the Lydia Leister family over the years until it was sold to the current owners. There are accounts of the battle which say that James McKnight stayed in the cellar during the battle while Margaret and their 4 year old daughter Jane (Jennie) fled south down the Baltimore Pike along with Elizabeth Thorn, the caretaker of the Evergreen Cemetery. Several soldiers of the 33rd Massachusetts Infantry died in the McKnight barn and were originally buried on the Rothenberger farm plot across Slocum Ave. before being moved to the National Cemetery. Another account claims that generals Meade, O.O. Howard, Handcock and Marsena Patrick met in the McKnight house when General Meade first arrived on the battlefield before setting up his Headquarters at the Lydia Leister farm on the Taneytown Rd. After the battle Capt. Hoff had a commissary supply camp located on the farm at the base of McKnight's Hill. My wife and the current owner of the farm have a lot of history on James and Margaret McKnight and the farm. I have attached several pictures of the house then and now for your enjoyment
Narrative and photo courtesy of Thomas W. Reidenbach

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