FRAMED SIGNED PHOTO OF SARAH EPLEY LIGHTNER, CIVILIAN RESIDENT OF GETTYSBURG IN 1863

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This original black and white photo was taken on July 4, 1938 of Sarah Lightner, who as a young girl witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg, and served milk to the passing soldiers at their farm on Baltimore Pike. After the battle, the house was filled with wounded soldiers. She witnessed the death of her friend Jennie Wade, and with her mother saw Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address. Sarah was 91 years old when photo was taken during the 75th anniversary commemoration of the battle.

Photo measures 4” by 5”. Photo is signed and dated by Mrs. Lightner. It is housed in a modern 12 ½” x 15 ½” frame. A duplicate, unsigned photo is an accompanying modern frame (14 ½” x 11 ½”), along with a newspaper article taken from a 1938 Knoxville, Illinois newspaper titled “KNOXVILLE WOMAN TELLS OF GETTYSBURG BATTLE FOUGHT 75 YEARS AGO.”, which recounts Mrs. Lightner’s experiences during the battle.

Sarah A. Epley Lightner was born in Adams County in May 1847 to George and Harriet Epley. At the time of the 1860 census, she was a resident of Cumberland Township. She was 16 years old during the Battle of Gettysburg. Sarah moved to Knoxville, IL and there married Jacob Lightner in 1867. Jacob, also from Adams County, served in the 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry from 9/3/64 to 8/3/65. Sarah resided in Knoxville until her death on January 7, 1947 at the age of 99, and is buried in Knoxville Cemetery.   [SL/LD]

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