Confederates Take the Shriver House!
The Fourth Day of the Battle of Gettysburg - the Aftermath

Confederate soldier
Saturday July 4th, 2020

      5:00 till 9:00 pm    
Confederate sharpshooter
During the Battle of Gettysburg Confederate sharpshooters occupied George and Hettie Shriver’s home to fire their rifles from the attic window. Furnishings from the house were used to build a barricade in the street, and the house and grounds were used to treat the wounded.
The Shrivers were one of the wealthiest families in town in 1863. Walk through their home to see living historians bring the Shrivers’ story to life - Hettie having tea with some friends in the parlor; daughters Sadie and Mollie playing games in their bedroom; and visiting family members settling into the guest bedroom. Stand just feet from Confederate sharpshooters as they fire muskets from attic window – just as they did during the battle. See beautiful rooms ransacked by the invading forces and watch doctors perform surgery on wounded soldiers in a make-shift hospital. At the conclusion of the tour enjoy some refreshments in Shriver’s Saloon while talking with a number of 1863 citizens to hear their stories of horror at the hands of invading forces.
When the battle ended, the town was left in total devastation - extremely poor sanitary conditions, the water was contaminated, and not a crumb of food was left in town. In addition to approximately 12,000 dead men and horses, more than 21,000 seriously wounded soldiers were left behind when both sides departed. Taking care of the wounded and cleaning up the devastation was left to local citizens who were overwhelmed by the situation. The Battle of Gettysburg was undoubtedly frightening for the citizens of this historic town. But the task of cleaning up at the end of the battle was truly the beginning of the nightmare for civilians who had never been exposed to the incredible horrors of war.

This is the only Civil War re-enactment to take place in the house where it truly happened in July, 1863.
Step back in time to understand how the battle affected one family who called Gettysburg ‘home’ in 1863:

• Walk through the Shrivers’ home while living historians recreate life in the 1860s  
• Talk with Confederate soldiers as they prepare for battle
• Watch sharpshooters fire muskets from the attic window
• See rooms left in ruins by the invading forces
• Watch as doctors perform surgery on wounded soldiers in a make-shift hospital

Visitors in the parlor
At the conclusion of the tour, cool off with a root beer in Shriver’s Saloon while meeting some of Gettysburg’s citizens who experienced the battle ‘first hand’.

Reservations are available but not required

Admission: $12/adult; $10/children 12 & under