3387O.T. Reilly, Martin Burgan, and the Dunker Church souvenir shop
- Apr 8, 2007Hello, all.
I'm new to the group, but I've got a question:
I'm looking for early (1862-1930's or so) entrepreneurs in the
Sharpsburg area who dealt specifically with the battlefield and
turning a buck off it. I know about O.T. Reilly's souvenir shop,
guidebook, and tours, and about Martin Burgan's guidebook. Aside from
the building that was on the Dunker Church foundation and the snack
shack near Bloody Lane, were there any other souvenir shops or the
like on the field? Also, aside from their description in Kathleen
Ernst's "Too Afraid to Cry," are there stories of early tour guides?
How about really BAD tour guides? (Akin to one discussed in the
Gettysburg Admin. History whose tours included a description of
Little Round Top as placed there by God's own hand solely so that the
Union Army might have a position from which to drive the rebels from
I imagine tour guides and souvenir shops were fairly small and part-
time jobs, mostly farmers who had a little downtime a few relics
they'd picked up on their property. I read Trowbridge's description
of his tour in 1867, and he hired a guide from Keedysville. Am I
right, or am I missing something?
Finally, are there any good accounts of just what Lincoln actually
did in the Sharpsburg area? I guess he was touring the battlefield
(when he wasn't busy chewing out Little Mac), but I can't seem to
find any good accounts. Then again, I'm not too much of a Lincoln
historian, so I'm open to suggestions.
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