This summer, one of the many farms in Gettysburg will again bear witness to an event that took place there 150 years ago.
The Daniel Lady Farm, located at 986 Hanover Road, is headquarters for the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association who, along with the Florida Regiment Medical Department, will be hosting a kick-off event on the first day of the 10-day Gettysburg 150th Commemoration – Friday, June 28. This event will begin for the living historians around 10 a.m. when men acting as the 1st North Carolina Infantry will leave the farm, as if they are going to fight at the attack on Culp’s Hill as it happened in 1863.
At noon, the Daniel Lady Farm Confederate Field Hospital will open to the public and at 2:15 p.m., the soldiers will return from Culp’s Hill, complete with movie-quality make-up to help portray their battle wounds. Visitors will be able to watch the wounded soldiers go through medical triage and be helped by other participants on the Daniel Lady Farm premises, just as they were 150 years prior.
Throughout the rest of the week, from Sunday, June 30 through Thursday, July 4, visitors to the Daniel Lady Farm will also get to experience the “Where War Met Compassion, the Confederate Field Hospital” event. Opening at noon on June 30 and 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday, the farm will have a variety of living history activities, as well as various live demonstrations daily on different topics ranging from medicine to pill-making in the 1860s to amputations. The event will end at 6 p.m. daily.
Historically, the Daniel Lady Farm was occupied by Confederate troops during the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. The Army of Northern Virginia then used the stone farmhouse and barn located on the property as a field hospital, although wounded soldiers from both sides of the fighting were treated there. Confederate Gen. Richard Ewell also utilized the farmhouse as headquarters.
Whether visitors choose to experience the wounded soldiers returning from the attack on Culp’s Hill on June 28, or whether they decide to take in the living history occurring June 30 through July 4, the Daniel Lady Farm promises to be bustling with activity during the Gettysburg 150th Commemoration. People coming to Gettysburg during the 10-day commemoration period will be able to experience living history in multiple spots around town, but the Daniel Lady Farm and its enthusiastic participants will bring the medical side to life again – a true bit of history relived, if even for a short time.