Tillie Pierce was born in 1848 and when the battle began, had lived all her life in the village of Gettysburg. Her father made his living as a butcher and the family lived above his shop in the heart of town. Tillie attended the “Young Ladies Seminary” a finishing school near her home. She was attending school on June 26 when the cry “the Rebels are coming!” reverberated through the town’s sleepy streets. On July 1st, 1863 they were back with a vengeance.
She watched the Union army march through town. At the urging of her family, Tillie, along with some friends fled the village and went to the “safe” farmhouse of Jacob Weikert, located at the base of Little Round Top. During the battle, Tillie provided water and food to the soldiers and assisted the surgeons and nurses caring for the wounded. On July 7, 1863, she journeyed back to her home and on the way was sickened by the sights, sounds and smells of war. She stated, “The whole landscape had been changed and I felt as though we were in a strange and blighted land.” She continued to help care for the wounded after the battle. And 25 years after the battle, she wrote an account of her experiences during the battle. “At Gettysburg, Or What A Girl Saw And Heard Of The Battle”.
It is available free for Kindle and other formats at this site.