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Summer of “ The Crew ”

BSA Venture Crew 1861 has exemplary season

On the July 4th weekend, many of us gathered to dedicate a monument on Lefever Street in Gettysburg honoring musicians and the young people who served on both sides in America’s Civil War. c:\users\jay\pictures\unitypark.jpg



AUG. 15

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Daniel Lady Farm

Details inside!


Mark Your Calendar!

Annual GBPA Remembrance Day Weekend Banquet

Nov. 20, 2015

Dobbin House Tavern

Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Adam of Mechanicsburg Troop 88 and GBPA’s Venture Crew 1861 Fife and Drum Corps designed the plot and named it “Unity Park” because music, then as now, can be used to bring us together.

The Second National Confederate flag flies over the monument along with the Union’s 34 Star flag, as well as the current United States flag.

Venture Crew 1861 adds music to memorial service at monument to 39th New York Volunteer Infantry. Here’s the link to the Fox43 News coverage:
Great effort was made to incorporate craftsmanship from both North and South in the park. It was a huge project, raising approximately $200,000 in direct and in-kind contributions.

Adam carefully crafted the dedication ceremony to balance the speakers. The National Executive Director of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Michael Landree, spoke as well as the National Vice Commander of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Eugene Mortorff. Edward Gantt of the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War also spoke. The three leaders of these organizations had the honor of raising our National Colors.

The members of Venture Crew 1861 portrayed musicians from both the North and South. The two bands playing regional Civil War favorites from opposite ends of the new park, then coming together to play the National Anthem and provided closing music.

Also on hand was the Junior ROTC Color Guard from Cumberland Valley High School, who posted the colors to open and

close the ceremony. Congratulations are due to Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Adam, his family, and to all who helped this make this a truly wonderful Eagle Scout project.

The GBPA sent a letter to Andrew expressing our admiration for the project.


Where has the summer gone?

Here it is, the beginning of August, and the G.B.P.A. is getting ready for still more busy months.

We hope you enjoy reading about our events and consider getting involved.

We are very proud of our newest soon-to-be Eagle Scout, Andrew Adam, a member of the G.B.P.A. sponsored Venture Crew 1861. Andrew showed ingenuity and determination to accomplish an unique Eagle Scout project, that has received national attention.

Read all about his remarkable Musician’s Statue inside.

Stop in at our new Anti-Slavery/Underground, Medical and Veterans Museum at 33 York Street. It’s also expanding its availability as a downtown source for visitor information.

Our friends, the Gettysburg Licensed Town Historians coninue to use 33 York as their headquarters for tours Don’t forget the Sept. 26 annual Ride to Gettysburg sponsored by A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania and our annual

Rememberenace Weekend banquet Nov. 20.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

We encourage you to e is urged to visit the new Musicians’ Memorial and Unity Park on Lefever Street in Gettysburg.
GBPA Information Center and Museum
Our multi-faceted storefront headquarters at 33 York Street has taken on a new and expanded role. It continues to host the Gettysburg Licensed Town Historians, and, beginning Labor Day Weekend, the storefront will provides information to visitors AND feature two FREE mini-museums:
Anti-Slavery & Underground Railroad Collection
The Wert Family of Gettysburg was highly involved in the slavery abolition movement for three generations. Through artifacts saved by saved by Revolutionary War veteran Adam Wert and his son, J. Howard Wert.

As a college student at Pennsylvania College (today’s Gettysburg College) in the late 1850’s, Howard was involved in a secret fraternity or ‘Black Ducks’.

Escaping slaves coming to Gettysburg were taken on the ‘underground railroad’ to Quaker Valley and onward to Harrisburg and freedom. (Courtesy: Wert Gettysburg Collection TM)
Historical Artifacts Pertaining to Civil War Medicine
The story of the hospitals is symbolic… it is not a Confederate story or a Union Story”
Featuring artifacts relating to field hospitals, surgeons, nurses and residents of the town who aided in assisting the dying and nearly 27,000 wounded during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

An added feature of 33 York will be a gallery honoring area servicemen and women from WWI to the present. More in our next newsletter.
Includes items associated with Camp Letterman – the Civil War’s largest field hospital ever built in North America, which closed in November of 1863 just prior to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The display contains original photos depicting the aftermath, surgical and amputation instruments, and numerous relics used at Gettysburg field hospitals and recovered from the fields that once held these historic sites.

Opening Labor Day Weekend!

Hours: Thursday through Monday

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

(Dates and hours may be reduced during winter months)


            On Memorial Day, May 30, a veteran of the American Civil War buried in an unmarked grave was remembered by current musicians of the 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps, or PRVC, portrayed by Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 1861 Fife and Drum Corps.  The scouts and their leaders laid evergreen, laurel, and flowers, and posted a flag on the grave as proscribed by the short Funeral Ritual of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization formed by Union veterans after the Civil War.  The musicians played “Taps” on bugle and appropriate Civil War fife and drum tunes including “Minstrel Boy” for this son of an Irish immigrant. 

            Thomas Judge, died shortly after the Civil War's end of illness and disease --rheumatism and consumption-- contracted in the War, and was buried in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Lancaster. Born in 1839, his family lived in Lancaster City’s North East Ward.  He enlisted in June 1861 and served as a Musician in Co B, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps or PRVC (federalized as the 30th PA Vol. Inf.). Company B was raised in Lancaster and was known as “The Union Guard” because it was raised, in large part, from the members of Lancaster’s Union Fire Company.  When the regiment was disbanded in 1864, he reenlisted in the 195th PA Volunteer Infantry and was mustered out in 1865.

          Thomas Judge has no living direct or collateral descendants according to research conducted by Peter Johnston, Associate Advisor of Venture Crew 1861 and local researcher Andre Dominguez, both veterans.  “We --the musicians of the 1st PRVC-- are his family,” says Johnston.  The Venture Crew is searching for a living relative of Thomas Judge to apply to the Veterans Administration for a veteran’s grave marker.  The Crew leaders and officers have the research and will help with the application process.  

If a relative cannot be found, the Fife and Drum Corps is investigating other ways to place a permanent marker. 

After the Thomas Judge ceremony, the musicians moved to the adjoining Lancaster Cemetery to participate in the 126th Annual Memorial Day Service sponsored by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), Lancaster Camp 19.

 Monuments ride to memorialize long-time GBPA supporter

` The annual Pennsylvania A.B.A.T.E. Ride to Gettysburg on Sept. 26 will memorialize more than the soldiers of the North and South that fought and died in the 1863 battle.

For 13 years, Jennifer “Jenn” LeVan and her husband, Dave, have been major supporters of the annual A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) trek from the state Capitol in Harrisburg to their Battlefield Harley-Davidson business in Gettysburg. The rides have raised better than $150,000 over the years to benefit the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project and the preservation of GBPA’s historic Daniel Lady Farm. .

The LeVans treated the bikers, usually several hundred, to a chicken barbecue, music and a recognition ceremony.

Cancer felled “Jen” in February. This September’s 15th annual Ride to Gettysburg will be dedicated to her memory.

A commemorative t-shirt featuring a photograph of Jen will be on sale for the ride. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to the Gettysburg Battlefield Trust Fund. The endowment was created in 2003 by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, to provide a perpetual fund for periodic cleaning for each of the Pennsylvania monuments and markers to ensure they stand for many generations to come.

“Jennifer LeVan was dedicated to the preservation of Gettysburg’s legacy and the betterment of today’s Gettysburg community and its people,” said GBPA president Barb Mowery. “Through her spirit and generosity, she has become part of that great legacy.”

The ride marshals for the September run will be state Reps. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, and Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry

Ride information and registration can be obtained at

To order a Jenn Levan in either light grey or pink, call (717) 783-0411. Shirts are $20 and can be picked up at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg or at the Capitol on the day of the ride, Sept. 26.

Send the check to: G.B.P.A.

P.O. Box 4087

Gettysburg, PA 17325

Please write 'Jennifer - Monument Fund' on the memo line.


The 42nd Civil War Artifact and Collectibles Show on June 27 and 28 was a record-smasher.

Helped by a drenching rain that soaked-out all Gettysburg outside activities, Civil War buffs and collectors flocked to the AllStar Events Complex at the Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center.

Not only did we have a record number of display tables, there was a record turnout of audience to walk past them, browse and buy. And the attendance record was not by just a few people, or dozens, but by hundreds.

We’ll shoot to break this new record next year on June 25 & 26 at the 43rd Annual Artifact and Collectibles Show 2016.


The picnic itself begins at 4 p.m., but there's a day full of educational entertainment going on all day starting at 10 a.m. with the day-long Gettysburg: The Aftermath, living history. Not only will the grizzly aspects of the war be covered at the two field hospital rooms, living historians will offer talks and demonstrations illuminating how the Gettysburg community, Pennsylvania and beyond responded to the thousands of wounded and dying combatants.

Artillery and cavalry demonstrations will be featured along with Historians covering the commissions that sought to save soldiers' souls as well as their bodies. Here the updated plans for improving the Lady Farm's educational opportunities. Talk with our board of trustees members and learn about volunteer opportunities.


Holiday Season at the Lady Farm
The Daniel Lady Farm house will again be part of the annual Holiday House Tour and Tasting benefit of the Inns of the Gettysburg Area Association to be held on December 12 from Noon – 5 p.m.. 12-5 PM followed a performance of “Songs and Stories from a Civil War Hospital” at Christ Lutheran Church in the evening. .

Period reenactors will provide a look into the family celebration of Christmas in the 1860s and detail the decorative techniques they used to deck the halls. Musicians, including our Venture Crew 1861scouts, will supply period music.

The Lady farmhouse has been one of the most popular stops on the tour. Even a heavy snowstorm last year failed to stop a large crowd of visitors to the house.

Other stops in the tour will invite participants to sample specialty dishes and local wines.

In addition to the Daniel Lady farmhouse, other participants will include:

Christ Lutheran Church

HGAC- Historic Gettysburg Adams County House

Lightner Farm House Bed & Breakfast

James Getty Hotel

Swope Manor Bed & Breakfast

The Inn at Herr Ridge

Baladerry Inn
After the tours, a performance of “Songs and Stories from a Civil War Hospital” will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in the evening. .

Proceeds from the 19th annual Holiday House Tour will benefit the Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter of the South Central Community Action Program.

Tickets, which are $15, can be purchased at participating Inns of the Gettysburg Area members and, beginning in November, will be available on-line at

We consider it an honor that the Daniel Lady farmhouse has become a regular feature of the holiday tour,” said president Barb Mowery. “It reflects recognition of the farm and the GBPA as partners in reflecting the legacy of Gettysburg and its citizens and the enhancement of our facility and its programs.”

Long Week
Friday June 26, 1863 was John Calvin Lady’s fifth birthday. The fourth child out of seven for Daniel and Rebecca Lady, John Calvin would have a birthday the family would not soon forget.

The citizens of Adams County had been hearing of the approaching Confederates since early to mid June. Reports from surrounding counties had Confederate numbers ranging from a few companies of soldiers upwards to 40,000. Many could not have imagined what was soon to come. The hard hand of war was about to reach Gettysburg and the Lady farm.

On the afternoon of the 26th, the Confederates arrived from the west. The 35th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, or White’s Comanches, was in the lead, followed by Gordon’s Brigade of Gen. Jubal Early’s division. Their destination was York, roughly 30 miles to East, and the Susquehanna River beyond.

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While in Gettysburg, they foraged the town and surrounding farms. They entered the shops, offering to purchase goods. They approached the farmers and bought their stores. The Confederates took a number of horses as well. Lee’s army was supplying itself off of the Pennsylvania countryside.

It was on this Friday that Daniel Lady “sold” 166 bushels of corn to White’s Comanches. A receipt was found signed by Daniel Lady and Capt. John J White, Assistant Quarter Master of the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. The Confederates paid $1 per bushel for a grand total of $166. The markets at Gettysburg and Baltimore were only paying around 85 cents per bushel at the time. So he might have made out, but like so many, Daniel Lady was paid in Confederate money which had no real value. 1

Daniel Lady Farm – 1920s.

The Confederates moved on and the days that followed were full of rumors and the on and off sighting of Federal cavalry and the occasional Confederate soldier. On Sunday, June 28, the Michigan Cavalry Brigade under the command of the newly-promoted Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer came into Gettysburg. They too went foraging for supplies.

Thanks to a research request through the National Archives, evidence was discovered of Daniel Lady selling a horse to the 5th Michigan Cavalry just two days after the Confederates were there buying corn. Although the record is incomplete, what remains gives us a good idea of what happened.

First Lt. William O. North gave Daniel Lady a receipt for a horse valued at $150. Daniel Lady petitioned the government for payment of this receipt in June of 1865. The matter wasn’t resolved until March of 1866, due in part to the fact that Lt. North was killed at the Third Battle of Winchester in September of 1864. The federal government had to validate North’s signature on the receipt. Once they did, Daniel Lady was awarded his money, almost three years after the fact. 2

On Wednesday, July 1, the battle brought portions of both armies to the Lady Farm, with Johnson’s Confederate division spending the night and preparing to attack nearby Culp’s hill the following day. On Thursday, Daniel Lady, with his family, is forced to flee his home. He returned on Saturday, July 4 to find his house and barn in ruins. His damage claim states that “his buildings were used for hospital purposes, …wounded soldiers were in the house and dead bodies lying around which they were obliged to bury.”

Their neighbor testified that their loss was “almost entire. “ One can only wonder how they explained this situation to their children. 3

So, on Friday Daniel Lady loses 166 bushels of corn to the Confederates. Two days later he sells a horse to the Union Army. Three days after that the battle reached his farm. The next day, July 2, Daniel and his family fled and he didn’t return until Saturday July 4 to find his house and farm in shambles.

In a little over a week; a week which started with him looking forward to his son’s birthday, Daniel Lady would see his crops, animals, and almost everything he owned either bought, stolen, or destroyed. The worst fears that the locals had all summer long had come true for Daniel Lady and many of his neighbors. It was a long week indeed.

Daniel Lady and his family persevered through this adversity and continued to live on their farm until 1867, evening having another child in January 1865.

Not long afterward, the family moved to the nearby Arendtsville area where Daniel Lady would live out his days as one of the county’s most respected citizens.

With your support of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association we can continue to tell the story of this remarkable family, their farm, and how it relates to the Battle of Gettysburg. Through your donations and volunteering we continue to preserve the Lady Farm and the family’s legacy. Thank you for helping make a difference.

Look for additional information and reading suggestions at


1. Records Division War Department Rebel Archives found on

2. Files from the National Archives Office of the Quartermaster General Claims File Miscellaneous Claims Box No. 25 Book 63 Claim # 1457

3. Damage Claim of Daniel Lady Microfilm Files Adams County Historical Society Claim # 3270

Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

Annual Membership Form
Thank you for your annual membership! Founded in 1959, the GBPA continues its mission to preserve our American heritage through land preservation & advocacy, living history programs, lectures, seminars, Daniel Lady Farm tours, and support of Scouting. With your support we look forward to preserving our history for generations to come.



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