Spangler's Spring on the Gettysburg battlefield

Spangler’s Spring is a natural spring on the south base of Culp’s Hill southwest of Gettysburg. (39.814505° N, 77.217292° W; Google map; Tour map: Spangler’s Spring Area) At various times during the batlle it was held by each side, and for a time was in between the lines. Legends developed that local truces were called during the night of July 2nd where both sides allowed the other to pass safely to the spring to fill their canteens, but there are also documented instances of fighting around the spring during this time.

In 1895 damage from heavy usage by park visitors caused the War Department to construct a permanent stone and concrete cover over the site. A metal dipper and small trap door allowed visitors to drink from the spring. After the National Park Service took over administration of the battlefield it was decided to stop this due to concerns with groundwater contamination.

The 1895 structure is still in place, although no water is available. The structure has three bronze plaques with inscriptions:

Spangler’s Spring.

One country and one flag. The strife of brothers is past.

This spring supplied Union and Confederate soldiers with water during the battle.