The Henry Spangler Farm
The Henry Spangler Farm, originally built by George Plank in 1820 and purchased by the Spangler family in 1862, is located off the Emmitsburg Road, east of Gettysburg, across the road from the Codori Farm. Here, a segment of guns unleashed the great cannonade toward Cemetery Ridge prior to Pickett’s charge.
From a position near Spangler’s woods, General Lee, seated on a large oak stump and holding the reins of his horse Traveler in one hand and his head resting in the other with his elbow supported by his knee, observed the great southern charge toward the Union defenders on Cemetery Ridge.
After the bloody contest, Lee watched as the Union line held and sent the remaining Confederate forces reeling back in retreat toward the woods line near the farm. The general immediately began forming a line of slightly wounded fearing a counterattack. General Lee upon meeting General Pickett returning from the front requested that he place his division in the rear of the a nearby hill. Pickett replied, with tears flowing down his face, “I have no division now, Armistead is down, Garnett is down and Kemper is mortally wounded.” The Battle of Gettysburg, for all intense and purposes was over.
The Spangler house, barn and outbuildings immediately became an aid station if not a field hospital for the gallant men of the South. Afterwards, the family returned and immediately began to rebuild their lives. It would take years and the memories of that fateful day would never be forgotten.