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

Confederate soldier

"Civilians Caught In The Crossfire"

Saturday July 3rd, 2021

      5:00 till 9:00 pm    
Gettysburg civilians
On Saturday, July 3, 2021, from 5 to 9 pm, the Shriver House Museum will present the Battle of Gettysburg from a very different perspective - through the eyes of one family who was caught up in one of the deadliest battles ever to take place on American soil. A visit to the Confederate sharpshooter’s nest is always a highlight of the tour. Confederates will be on hand, firing as they did in July, 1863.
Families all over town watched the conflict unfold from their cellar windows; the home of George and Hettie Shriver, one of the wealthiest families in town, was commandeered by Confederate sharpshooters where at least two Confederate snipers were shot and killed; forensic blood evidence still lingers to this day. Learn what occurred during those three days of horror that terrified the citizens of Gettysburg and how the Shrivers’ lives were affected before, during, and after the fighting.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a terrifying experience for the residents of this historic town. But the end of the battle was truly the beginning of a nightmare for people who had never been exposed to the incredible horrors of war. More than 170,000 Union and Confederate soldiers converged on the town in July 1863. Approximately 70,000 of those soldiers were Confederates which, no doubt, was frightening for the citizens of this Union town who were not aware of Gen. Lee’s orders which forbade the seizure or injury of private property by his men. The majority of Lee’s men followed his orders; but there were some who did not. One resident stated the Confederates “went from the garret to the cellar, and loading up the plunder in a large four-horse wagon, drove it off.” Another citizen recounted how the invaders “tried to see how much damage they could do.” Step back in time to understand what the battle was like for one family who called Gettysburg ‘home’ in 1863.
Living historians, in period attire, will bring the Shrivers story to life as you stand just feet from an authentic Confederate sharpshooters nest in the attic of their home. As you walk through the house, see beautiful rooms ransacked by the invading forces. Talk to a medical staff to learn about treating the 21,000 wounded left behind after the battle. Period music will be provided by Whispering Creek. This is where history truly happened in July 1863.
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
• 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

Reservations are available but not required
Admission: $12/adult; $10/children 12 & under