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Early Gettysburg Souvenir Paperweight

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This is another nice item being offered, it is an early 20th century Gettysburg paperweight. It measures 4" x 2 1/2" x 1". Under the glass is a period photograph of General George Meade and his headquarters at Gettysburg - Meade was the commander of the Union forces during the battle. 

It was the farmhouse of Lydia Leister and is on Taneytown Road at the intersection with Hunt Avenue. Its central location close behind the Union lines made it a perfect location as headquarters for the Army of the Potomac.

This nerve center was disrupted during the artillery bombardment preceding Pickett's Charge. The farm's location immediately behind the central point of the attack resulted in its being deluged with numerous overshoots from the hour-long Confederate barrage. One burst among the staff horses in the yard, while others carried away the steps and porch supports. Flying splinters dictated a move outside.

When Meade saw some members of the staff favoring the downrange side of the flimsy house, the fearless, twice-wounded Meade joked with them about their imaginary shelter. But for the sake of efficiency he eventually moved his shot-torn staff a few hundred yards away to a nearby barn. When it, too, proved to be a target, they moved on to the 12th Army Corps Headquarters on Powers Hill, which was part of the Union Army's series of signal stations.

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