Jul. 1, 1863 Gettysburg Adams County Pennsylvania, USA
Civil War Union Army Soldier. Served as a Sergeant in Company C, 154th new York Volunteer Infantry. Killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, Amos Humiston's body was discovered with no indentification, only a photograph of three small children clutched in his hand. The story of this soldier made the headlines in many Northern newspapers. His widow saw the photograph in a magazine, and discovered that the photo was of her children and that her devoted husband was dead. Proceeds from the sales of the children's photo and other fund raising allowed a children's home to be opened in Gettysburg after the war. The Orphans' Homestead was built just a few yards outside the Eastern gate of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, where Amos Humiston was laid to rest. His wife, Philanda Humiston became one of the first matrons of the orphanage and resided there with her three children.
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I take my Civil War students to visit your grave every year on our trip to Gettysburg. They know all these years later of your honorable sacrifice.RIP--You are not forgotten. -
David Bodamer Added: Apr. 5, 2016