Piece of Civil War History Up for Sale in Gettysburg

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gettysburgFor less than $900,000, someone will soon own a home so steeped in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War history it still has two cannonballs stuck in it.

The home sits on what is now called Confederate Avenue and was built by Herman Haupt, who was first a railroad man, and then a Union general during the Civil War.

Herman Haupt

Haupt was a civil engineer and railroad construction engineer before the Civil War. He is credited with helping bring the U.S. Army into a new level of warcraft when he began utilizing railroads and other newer forms of transportation to get weapons, supplies, and men where they needed to be.

He built the home in 1837, and for a time it was also known as the Oak Ridge Seminary. Haupt later served as the professor of mathematics and engineering at Pennsylvania College.

The home earned its two cannonballs during a July 1, 1863, battle when it received Confederate cannon fire. Legend has it that a Union colonel later came back to the school for his sword after he escaped the Confederates, who had captured him.

The home — known as the Schultz House after its subsequent owners — has been well-maintained and restored and boasts eight bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, and is beautifully and historically well-appointed in a way that marries both modern conveniences and the feel of stepping back into history.

The kitchen, with it’s farmhouse finishes, is a perfect example of that peaceful coexistence.

And so are the bathrooms, which manage to convey the period feel, but still give the luxe, modern accoutrements like a soaker tub, standalone shower, and double vanities.


Numerous fireplaces can help stave off the chilly Pennsylvania winters, and the beautiful, huge windows provide a lot of natural light.

And with so many bedrooms and lots of entertaining space, you could easily see this home for its potential Airbnb profit potential, too, given that Gettysburg is a highly-trafficked tourist town.

The home is surrounded by lush grounds and even more lush troves of history. It is listed by David Sites of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty.

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