Remember last week’s Gettysburg quiz? Well the results are in, and the prize goes to Cindy in Harrisburg, Penn. Thanks to everyone who participated!
And if you didn’t know the answers to our quiz before, here they are. You can find more details (and oh so much more) on the pages of So You Think You Know Gettysburg? indicated below.
1. Why do two monuments at different locations mark the first shot fired at the Battle of Gettysburg?
General John Buford’s monument displays the gun that supposedly fired the opening artillery round that may have started the battle. But another marker, known as the “First Shot Monument,” shows where Lieutenant Marcellus E. Jones fired his first shot earlier that morning. It is not an official monument—Jones purchased the land and erected the marker himself. Which marker is correct? Find out on pages 3–4.
2. Who is Penelope, and why is she buried in a sidewalk in town?
Penelope, a cannon, was a relic from the War 1812. The publisher of the local newspaper fired her after every Democratic election victory. But in 1855, her overloaded barrel exploded after a night of heavy celebration, and she was buried in front of the newspaper office. Find out more on page 34.
3. Why is Amos Humiston the only enlisted man to have his own monument?
When doctors found the body of Humiston, he carried no identification, only a photo of his three children. Dr. John Bourns told the Philadelphia Inquirer about the photo, and it ran the story. A reader, Phylinda Humiston, recognized the children as her own Frank, Alice, and Freddie. After Phylinda identified her husband, Dr. Bourns raised funds to build an orphanage for children of deceased soldiers. Phylinda ran the facility. Find out what happened to Frank, Alice, and Freddie on page 30.