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Impacts of War — The Rebirth of Chambersburg
The Invasion of Pennsylvania and the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863 were monumental turning points of the American Civil War. Though not nearly as well known, the 1864 Burning of Chambersburg was a monumental civilian repercussion of the Civil War.
Following the burning, Reverend Benjamin Schneck wrote “The Burning of Chambersburg” as a record and testament to the spirit of the people living in the community. His book included an account by Reverend Bausman of the German Reformed Congregation in Reading Pa., who hastened to Chambersburg to provide aid after the July 30, 1864 burning. His words:
In a few hours, two thousand people are scattered through the suburbs of the town, in the fields, on the cemetery, amid the abode of the dead. A squad of rebels seized a flag, which a lady happened to have in her house. With some difficulty, she wrested it from their grasp folded it around her person, and walked away from her burning house, past the furious soldiery, determined that the flag should become her shroud ere it should fall into the hands of the foe.
Never was there so little saved at an extensive fire. The most sacred family relics, keepsakes, and portraits of deceased friends, old family Bibles handed down from past generations, and the many objects imparting a priceless value to a Christian home, and which can never be replaced were all destroyed.
In the dim moonlight, we mediated among the ruins. Chimney stacks and fragments of walls formed the dreary outline of ruined houses. Not a light was left but the pitiful glowing of embers, amid the rubbish that fills the cellars."
Experience the history and understand the impact of a nation at war on July 19, 2014 at the 150th Commemoration of the 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg.