Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
From Evergreen, Gettysburg and an encampment below. Children who lived in these houses we see in these famous photographs saw and experienced things which set them apart forever. It took until 1925, until Liberty Hollinger could be induced to go back through Time.
Liberty Hollinger did not exactly leave us an account hot from a youthful fist. It was 1925. Like so many whose childhood , when 16, encompassed those awful days beginning July, 1863, passing years created urgency in their own children. You see it again and again,
" My children, and other members of our family, have often expressed a wish that I would make some permanent record of my recollections of the Battle of Gettysburg "
She died in 1925, too. God Bless her. Those eyes saw a lot. She finally allowed us to share " Gettysburg ". As did her family, so many thanks.
At the time of the battle I was a young girl of sixteen. We
were living on York Street where the present high school building
stands. Our house, a roomy brick one, stood in the center of a
large plot of ground between the York Pike, which was the continuation
of York Street, and what was known as the Bonneauville,
or Hanover Road, now Hanover Street. There were then
only a few houses east of ours, also between the two roads, and
a few opposite on the other side.
Pre- round-de-round. Baltimore St. A child's world, ' before '.
These one time children were veritable relics, walking History, veterans were dying, stories had to be told.
Liberty Hollinger writes as " Mrs. Jacob A. Clutz ". She must have loved him extremely. I am sure it is a very nice name. Exchanging ' " Liberty Hollinger " for him was worth it- happy life- he a doctor, she immersed in family and church.
Jacob, Liberty's father owned a warehouse- grain merchant. Somewhere across from Lincoln's railroad station, it was no where near their York Street home. Someone ratted out Jacob Hollinger as the owner. Confederate soldiers came to his home demanding its key. He impolitely refused. Jacob figures large in Liberty's little book. You feel glad he had daughters. Throughout her memories, many so shocking just one would make national headlines and bring squadrons of CPS to the scene, should a child be exposed to it in 2017, he remains a presence- and a rock.
Cont'd. Liberty's Story.