On a cold winter morning in 2013, three local women attended a County Commissioners meeting at the Adams County Court House. One was in attendance to represent the Survivors Inc. of Adams County, an organization tasked with assisting the victims of domestic violence. Another was the Director of Advocacy and Public Relations at the YWCA, an organization that includes the empowerment of women in their mission statement. These two young women listened as the third woman, a local author, shared the story of Fannie Buehler, an 1863 civilian who resided on the east side of Baltimore Street. Her husband, David Buehler, was the local postmaster who had wisely left the area for fear of capture by the approaching Confederate Army. Fannie left a firsthand account detailing her experiences while the town of Gettysburg was in the hands of the enemy.

After the official meeting, these three women had a meeting of their own. Angela Keen Badjie of Survivors recognized the courage and perseverance that was revealed in their stories. Thus, while the “Women Behind These Walls” project was born on a cold, winter day, it describes the experiences of women in the summer of 1863 as the heat of battle surrounded them.

Linda Clark is a Licensed Battlefield Guide, a retired teacher/librarian, and a native of Gettysburg. In addition to collecting vintage volumes, she has authored several books on the citizens of 1863 Gettysburg.

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