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Sergeant Amos Humiston

The monument to Amos Humiston is in Gettysburg beside the fire station, on Stratton Street between York Street and the railroad. (39.83205° N, 77.228715° W; map)

From the tablet on the monument:

Near this spot on July 1, 1863 a Union soldier fell
mortally wounded. When a local resident found the
unidentified body, he also discovered a photograph of
three children. News of this poignant find was soon
widely covered by the press, and copies of the photograph were distributed and sold for charity. One of these reached Mrs. Phylinda Humiston of Portville, New York, who now realized that her husband, Sergeant Amos Humiston of Company C, 154th New York Volunteers, had been killed. The plight of the Humiston children - Frank, Frederick, and Alice - touched an outpouring of sympathy and donations from throughout the North, leading to the establishment of a Soldier's Orphan's Home in Gettysburg in 1866. Sergeant Humiston's body was removed from here to the Gettysburg National Cemetery.


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Monument to Amos Huniston at Gettysburg
Closeup of the tablet from the Amos Huniston monument at Gettysburg

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