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November 6 1891/1991

Montrose - Dr Halsey tells of farewell scene at the station: Montrose, June 30, 1913. I have just returned from the DL & W station, where I went to see a good number of comrades start for Gettysburg. There was a large crowd of citizens who were there for the same purpose. The ladies pinned roses on the coats of comrades going, and those who by reason of age or infirmity did not deem it prudent for them to hazard the risk of such a trip in the heat of summer. We remained at home. The photographer took a group picture of those who went. As the time for starting drew near, the comrades took their seats in the car, each one having little baggage and a lunch box. At Alford they will take a train that goes straight through to Gettysburg without change arriving there at about 5 o'clock. The weather conditions are ideal for such a trip. I feel moved to tell your readers of an exodus from this place in the direction of Gettysburg just 50 years ago It was in the midst of the Civil War General Lee with an immense army had invaded Pennsylvania and the state capitol was imperiled. Gov. Curtin appealed most earnestly for volunteers. A company from this locality, under command of W. Jessup as captain, responded to the call and was mustered into service between the 19th and 24th of June 1863. The appeal of the governor for more volunteers became intensely earnest. Our citizens were aroused and alarmed. Meetings were held in the churches and the courthouse, to get volunteers. What a change 50 years has wrought Then fratricidal war. Now those wearing the blue, and those wearing the gray meet in love and peace. Let us hope that great good may come from the celebration of this glorious Jubilee. [Excerpt from The Independent Republican. July 4, 1913]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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