This trivia question leads to an interesting conundrum. On May 24, 2017, in a thread entitled Northerners Mourn Confederate Losses; Humanity In The Shambles Of War
Discussion in 'Battleof Gettysburg' started by JPK Huson 1863, post # 3, JPK Huson writes that "Churches in Gettysburg split a total of $500 bucks, from the government, for damages- blood soaked pews and floors- they were hospitals".
My conundrum is due to a missing "s". Today's trivia question refers to a church, not churches. Is this question referring to a single church or to numerous churches? I find it hard to believe that the question of today is not referencing the post of May 24, 2017. The wording is almost exactly the same.
My answer to this question must be "Gettysburg Churches" which is in the plural, not singular.
In the 1907 case St. Francis Xavier Parish v. The United States, St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg and Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (and others) were awarded about $500 each for damages incurred while being used as hospitals in 1863.
I'm guessing... Dunker Church in Antietam, because it was so bloody. Actually, if this $500 was given immediately postwar, that would have been a hefty sum, given the fact a entire church could be built for less than $2000 in mid-late 19th Century..
"So what if finally the government paid up on losses , post battle? All the churches combined were given 500 bucks to split, that's it. They'd been hospitals, wounded from North and South were carried there. Those losses were shattering- blood soaked pews, floors carpets, broken windows- the 500 bucks may have replaced paper for weekly bulletins." https://civilwartalk.com/threads/ci...-on-baltimore-pike.123580/page-3#post-1655529
This one has me stumped because a lot of churches were used as Civil War hospitals. I'm guessing Saint George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, VA because I took a tour there last summer and I remember the docent speaking of the bloodstained pews and other damage.