The last site on our Thursday itinerary in Gettysburg, PA, was General Lee’s Headquarters Museum, 401 Buford Ave., Gettysburg, PA (717/334-3141; www.CivilWarHeadquarters.com ). During the Battle of Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee took over a rental house owned by Thaddeus Stevens, a Pennsylvania Senator and strong abolitionist, for his headquarters. It is located at the west end of the city on historic Seminary Ridge.
The lady who lived there, a widow named Mrs. Thompson, and her children retreated to the cellar. She asked General Lee if he wanted her to cook for him, but he replied that he would not need her services. Later, when asked if she did any cooking for Lee, she replied, “No, I reckon I didn’t have to cook for them rebels.” Today, this national landmark building houses what is said to be one of the finest private Civil War museum collections in the country. There is also General Lee’s Museum Gift Shop in an out building.