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General Lee’s Headquarters

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Open house at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters in Gettysburg
Civil War Trust Event
Mary Thompson House
June 30-July 2, 2017
Mary Thompson House
401 Buford Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325

In conjunction with anniversary programming and other special events throughout 2017, the Civil War Trust will hold open houses at the site of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters in Gettysburg. The house and grounds, which served as Gen. Lee’s command center during the Battle of Gettysburg, was preserved by the Trust in 2016 as part of a $6 million acquisition and restoration project. Visit Civilwar.org/LeesHQ for details.

The Lee’s Headquarters building was purchased in trust by renowned abolitionist Congressman Thaddeus Stevens for Mary Thompson, who was the sole resident during the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Prior to its use as Lee’s command center, the property was the scene of brutal fighting on the first day of the battle, as Union forces attempted to check the Confederate advance on Gettysburg.