Sure, you’ve got your collection of Civil War photographs, a few unearthed bullets from the Battle of Gettysburg and even that tattered by lovingly framed period battle flag. But have you got an actual, brick-and-mortar piece of Civil War real estate — one that comes with not one but two embedded cannonballs?
Well, here’s your chance: A historic Pennsylvania house that played a role in the Battle of Gettysburg and that border Gettysburg National Battlefield is now up for sale, with a listed asking price of $825,000.
Now known as the Shultz House, the home on 4 Confederate Ave. in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was built by arguably one of the most important figures in the Civil War, if not modern warfare, civil engineer Brig. Gen. Herman Haupt, who not only made railroads integral to the war effort but made Union battlefield logistics for huge numbers of soldiers swifter and more efficient.
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HISTORY OF THE SHULTZ HOUSE
In 1837, Haupt built the home, which he called Oakridge (not to be confused with the nearby Oak Ridge Seminary, which Haupt had also built and was used both as a hospital and Gen. Robert E. Lee‘s headquarters during the battle.) Haupt and his family lived in the house until 1852, and by the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, it was owned by the Shultz family, who give the structure the name it’s now known best by. (Haupt himself wasn’t present at the battle but played a key role in keeping Union troops supplied during the campaign.)
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During the battle, the area near the house may have served as a gathering place for the staff of Gen. Thomas Rowley’s staff — a Union battery was stationed across the intersection near the Shultz House. A monument to the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company D, stands in front of the home. Company D has been separated from the rest of the regiment and tried to rejoin the main group, but when the regiment was forced to retreat, Company D made a stand here to cover their brothers in arms. It’s not clear exactly when or how the cannonballs that are still embedded in one of its brick walls came to rest there. (Only eight other structures in Gettysburg can also boast of in-wall cannonballs.)
In 1896, the U.S. War Department honored the Shultz House with a plaque for its role in the battle, and it’s considered a protected historic building, having been a stop of local tours of historic homes for years.
The home’s currently owned by a family that bought it in 2021 for $763,900 from the daughter of a Civil War re-enactor. The current owners have to move for work-related reasons, according to their real estate agent.
What You get for $825,000
The 5,189-square-foot Victorian mansion has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and formal living room and dining room, a double parlor, eat-in kitchen, four gas fire places, the original brass and crystal chandeliers and sconces, an office, a library, stained-glass windows, clawfoot tub, marble shower, double balcony, wraparound porch and 1.67 acres of land. The murals in the home show Virginia’s Natural Bridge and West Point, New York.
The Shultz House is also within walking distance of downtown Gettysburg, but history buffs will probably be most impressed by the historic battlefield next door.
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