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Driving through this National Park I came upon this scene. It is a farm house that provided shelter for Union troops during the battle.It was in the center of the Confederate attacks on July 2nd and 3rd. The Union soldiers taking shelter in the log structure knocked the chinking from between some of the logs. This allowed their weapons to stick through the walls and they discharged them while still being protected. After the battle, the homeowner, Daniel Klingel, returned home on the 4th after what must have been a stressful journey where he was conducted from picket to picket through the battlefields where the Army of the Potomac still faced the Confederacy. He returned to a scene of utter devastation that included bodies all around the house. Two were just inside the gate, and two others under the porch where they must have crawled for shelter before dying of their wounds. One shattered tree in Klingle's orchard concealed four dead soldiers huddled around a cooking pan with food still in it.Nearly all of his home belongings gone or destroyed, including his tools he used to earn a living at shoemaking. Dead or missing livestock. Bullet holes pockmarked the house, and powder marks were burned into the walls where soldiers had fired from inside. Most of his crops were destroyed and all his fences missing.The farmstead was devastated and after the war Mr Klingel filed a claim for $880.00 but was denied in 1881.The building and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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November 19th, 2012
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