James Gettys and the Founding of Gettysburg

Second Edition

by Melissa Gettys; Amanda Howlett



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/12/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 76
ISBN : 9781524653354

About the Book

This second edition by Gettys and Howlett reveals new research on James Gettys’s role as a Pennsylvania rifleman serving under George Washington in the Battle of Brooklyn during the American Revolutionary War. James and other local men went missing in action, and they were captured by the British following the harrowing battle. In addition, James’s father, Samuel Gettys, was severely disabled during the Revolutionary War. Later in 1802, James Gettys was court-martialed as a result of his militia troops’ refusal to abide by his orders. Ultimately, Gettys remained in the Pennsylvania militia and became a brigadier general. Both businessman and civil servant, James donated endless properties to the town, the county, and his heirs. He served both the town and the state, holding positions ranging from sheriff to state representative. And as an original founder of both the borough and the bank, Gettys worked up until the day he died with spirit and dedication to the town he knew and loved—Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Author

Melissa Gettys is a researcher, writer, and writing instructor. Amanda Howlett is a researcher, writer, and a graphic designer.