William H. Tipton
Photographer
1850 - 1929

As an apprentice at the age of 12, William Tipton assisted in recording views of the town immediately following the battle. He later became one of the area's most prominent photographers. As one of Gettysburg's most influential businessmen, he served in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, earning himself the nickname "Boss" Tipton. He was instrumental in the construction of the Gettysburg Electric Railway, a trolley line that at one time passed through the cemetery's grounds.

Marianne Moore
Poet
1887 - 1972

One of America's greatest literary figures famous for her concise language and skillful observations of nature. Moore won every award possible for an American poet and in her latter years became a cultural icon. She was posthumously honored in 1990 by the United States Postal Service when her likeness was placed on a 25-cent stamp.

SILENCE

My father used to say,
"Superior people never make long visits,
have to be shown Longfellow's grave
or the glass flowers at Harvard.
Self-reliant like the cat-
that takes its prey to privacy,
the mouse's limp tail hanging like a shoelace from its mouth-
they sometimes enjoy solitude,
and can be robbed of speech
by speech which has delighted them.
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
not in silence, but restraint."
Nor was he insincere in saying, "Make my house your inn."
Inns are not residences.

Marianne Moore

Edward S. Plank
"Gettysburg Eddie"
1875 - 1926

Gettysburg native, Eddie Plank, was one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in the history of baseball. Plank ranks first in wins for an American League southpaw and had 70 shutouts spanning a 17-year professional career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946 and was voted one of the top 100 players of the century by The Sporting News.

Major League Totals

W

L

ERA

G

CG

IP

H

ER

BB

SO

326

193

2.34

622

412

4,505.1

3,956

1,173

1,072

2,246

Philadelphia Athletics: 1901 - 1914
St. Louis Terriers: 1915
St. Louis Browns: 1916 - 1917

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Oscar Shaw
Singer/Actor
1887 - 1967

Philadelphia-born Oscar Shaw was a Broadway musical and radio star of the early twentieth century. He performed on stage with Fannie Brice, Kate Smith, Gertrude Lawrence, and Bert Lahr. Shaw is best remembered for his leading role in the Marx Brothers' first motion picture, The Cocoanuts.

 

John L. Burns
Patriot
1793 – 1872

Sixty-nine year old John Burns left the shelter of his home and joined in the fighting west of town during the first day of the battle. Wounded three times, Burns survived to gain widespread notoriety as the only Gettysburg citizen to join the fighting and be wounded in the battle.


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