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Gutekunst, Frederick (1831-1917) Union Second Corps field hospital, Gettysburg, PA. 9-11 July 1863 ca.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0228 Author/Creator: Gutekunst, Frederick (1831-1917) Place Written: Gettysburg, Pa. Type: Photographs Date: 9 - 11July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Taken by Gutekunst. Accompanying text panel reads: "Scenes from the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. Second Corps Hospital. Christian Commission tents in the foreground. This hospital contains 2,500 wounded." Dr. Justin Dwinell, 106th Penn. Infantry, who was in charge of the 2nd Corps hospital at Gettysburg, can be seen standing to the imediate left of the tree directly in front of the large tent in the right foreground. The civilian man wearing an unusually patterned, light colored frock coat standing on Dwinell's left, can also be seen in GLC 511.01.0229. A group of medical sewards, civilian nurses and members from one of the civilian relief organizations are standing around the tents. The hospital was located on the [Jacob] Schwartz farm between July 5-23 1863. A row of corn stalks can be seen in the immediate foreground. See GLC 5111.01.0229


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Battle of Gettysburg, Battle, Hospital, Charity and Philanthropy, Military Camp, Injury or Wound, Health and Medical

Sub Era: The American Civil War