Teach PA History
Sgt. Humiston, Where are You?

1. Explore the media influence for creation of homes to care for soldiers" families as a direct result of the Humiston Ambrotype. (Gettysburg College, Special Collections, holds a carte de visite which was reproduced and sold to make money for the orphanage founded in Gettysburg for the children of union soldiers who had died on the battlefield. In addition, poetry/lyric contests were held to aid in fund raising efforts. Perhaps the class could hold their own contest.) 2. Explore local county orphans homes and what happens to children today. 3. Identify local regiments and map their troop movements using the National Historic Official Reports "War of the Rebellion" 4. Calculate the numbers of miles the troops would move in a day, week, and month.

Field Trips

Gettysburg National Military Park 97 Taneytown Road Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
The National Park Service offers a variety of educational experiences for students. For teacher resources, see You may wish to specifically ask to see Amos Humiston memorial–an engraved plaque of Humiston and his children–located at the park. According to Dunkelman in his book Gettysburg's Unknown Soldier, it is the only memorial of an individual enlisted man on the Gettysburg battlefield. If you are unable to travel, you may wish to look into the park's "Traveling Trunk" or their Distance Learning programs.

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