Witmer Stone’s father, Frederick Dawson Stone Sr., served in the Civil War with a militia unit, the First Regiment Infantry of Pennsylvania (the “Gray Reserves”). A statue commemorating the Gray Reserves stands outside the Union League Club at Broad and Sansom streets in Philadelphia. This was one of several similar clubs formed during the Civil War to support President Lincoln and the Union cause:
Frederick Stone was stationed at Carlisle when that town was shelled by Confederate artillery on the evening of July 1, 1863, in a small but important sideshow to the nearby Gettysburg battle. Frederick always remembered the horror of the shelling, with men around him falling to the ground after being struck. A marker at Carlisle describes the engagement (click for full size):
The pillars in front of Carlisle Courthouse still have Confederate artillery scars from the battle (pillar photos by Donald Webb):
Closeup of pillar:
If one of the Confederate shells at Carlisle on July 1, 1863 had followed a slightly different trajectory, you might not be reading this particular website blog right now.