Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Meade's Headquarters - Gettysburg
The humble Leister house, named for the widow who lived in it when war arrived at Gettysburg, stands on the reverse slope of Cemetery Ridge. Its central location on the "fishhook" Union line earned the tiny house the temporary title of army headquarters after Major General George Meade made it the base of his operations for the battle's final two days. Fighting swirled nearby on the second and third days of the battle, but the little house is more important for hosting the council of war after the second day were it was confirmed that the Union would "stay and fight it out."