Camp Letterman

campletterman-webLocated across the street from the McDonald’s Restaurant on Route 30 East is a small marker which is all that remains of the largest field hospital ever built in North America…….Camp Letterman.

An order issued on July 5, 1863 by Dr. Jonathan Letterman, medical director for the Army of the Potomac, established a general hospital on the farm of George Wolfe located on the York Pike.

It was set up in view of the railroad that was to bring in medical supplies and take out wounded men following their treatment at the camp. Those soldiers, who were able, were transported to permanent hospitals in Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore.

Hundreds and hundreds of tents were at the site for the wounded, supplies and surgery. A morgue and cemetery were also put in place. There were more than 1200 burials at the camp. The Union dead were removed in 1864 and re-buried in the new national cemetery while the Confederate dead were relocated over the years to cemeteries in the South.

By November, 1863 only a few patients remained at the camp. The camp was closed shortly thereafter.


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  1. Gary Bailty says:

    I have visited Gettysburg four times and have stayed at the Hilton Hotel, and had never seen this marker,, I will be there again 09/14 and will be sure to visit this spot.

    • bonnie says:

      It is close to the Hilton Garden Inn. There are so many markers, monuments on the battlefield it is hard
      to see them all in a few visits.

    • Randall Krakauer says:

      Actually, the site also encompassed the Hilton Garden Inn, and there is a marker in the front of the Hotel, too.

  2. Pamela Harrison Blum says:

    My great great great great grandfather, Jesse Harrison died of wounds from the Gettysburg battle at this hospital. Now I need to make another visit. I have never seen this marker.

    • bonnie says:

      Glad the article was informative in your family history. Good reason for another visit.

  3. dennis positano says:

    Is camp Letterman near Wolf’s Hill?

    • bonnie says:

      Camp Letterman is off Route 30 East near Giant Food Store and Sheetz. Going east on Rte. 30 it would be on the right side.
      Wolf’s Hill is located off of Rt. 97 (Baltimore Pike).

  4. donald says:

    Think that the one across the street from Mcdonalds

    • bonnie says:

      Yes, on Route 30 east.

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