MATTED TIPTON PHOTO OF MEMORIAL TO 90TH PENNSYLVANIA CHAPLAIN KILLED AT GETTYSBURG

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Photo is of the monument dedicated to the memory of Chaplain Horatio Stockton Howell of the 90th Pennsylvania Volunteers who was shot and killed on the steps of the Lutheran Church at 44 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg on July 1, 1863.

The story is told by Sergeant Archibald Snow of the 97th New York who was a patient in the Lutheran Church at the time.

“"I had just had my wound dressed and was leaving through the front door just behind Chaplain Howell, at the same time when the advance skirmishers of the Confederates were coming up the street on a run. Howell, in addition to his shoulder straps & uniform, wore the straight dress sword prescribed in Army Regulations for chaplains... The first skirmisher arrived at the foot of the church steps just as the chaplain and I came out. Placing one foot on the first step the soldier called on the chaplain to surrender; but Howell, instead of throwing up his hands promptly and uttering the usual 'I surrender,' attempted some dignified explanation to the effect that he was a noncombatant and as such was exempt from capture, when a shot from the skirmisher's rifle ended the controversy... The man who fired the shot stood on the exact spot where the memorial tablet has since been erected, and Chaplain Howell, fell upon the landing at the top of the steps."

Howell died at age 42. Following the battle, his remains were shipped to Brooklyn, New York and laid to rest in Green-Wood Cemetery. The monument at the foot of the College Lutheran church steps was dedicated in 1889 to mark the spot where the chaplain was killed.

Image meas. approx. 5.25 x 8.50 inches and has good clarity and contrast. Bottom of the mount is marked W. H. TIPTON… GETTYSBURG, PA. Photo is housed in a double white and red mat. [ad]

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