---- — The two armies had moved on, leaving the townspeople to tend to thousands of wounded left behind. The smell of death would linger. Farms had been wrecked and their food taken. Gettysburg would be a strange and blighted land for months to come.
When she entered her home, Tillie’s mother didn’t recognize her at first. She was so disheveled and dirty for wearing the same clothes for a week.
The landscape had changed, and Tillie had too.
Tillie Pierce’s home still stands at the corner of Baltimore and Breckenridge streets and is now a bed and breakfast. Her story is found in “At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle” by Mrs. Tillie Pierce Alleman.
Next: “We have come to stay.”