Gettysburg Seminary helped 'bind a nation's wounds'

New museum located in building that once served as Civil War hospital

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Gettysburg's newest attraction is offering its visitors a unique look at the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.

Gov. Tom Corbett helped cut the ribbon to open the Seminary Ridge Museum on Monday.

"We are gathered today at a place founded in faith and made famous by its efforts
to bind a nation's wounds, even as the war raged on its grounds," Corbett said.

The new museum is located in the recently refurbished Schmucker Hall on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus along Seminary Ridge. It features galleries and artifacts from the building when it it was used as a Civil War field hospital.

"Gettysburg Seminary nursed the wounded, Union and Confederate soldiers alike," Corbett said. "The patients came from different states and held radically different views, but they all worshiped the same God."

The museum also offers a panoramic view of the Gettysburg Battlefield from a cupula on top of the building.

The museum's opening coincides with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit Gettysburg over a 10-day anniversary period ending July 7.

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