The Rupp House offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like for civilians during the Civil War through interactive displays and hands-on exhibits. This home is known for having Union soldiers on the front porch and Confederate soldiers on the back porch and firing their weapons through the house at one another.
Caroline Rupp and their six children lived in a home not far from the base of
Cemetery Hill. On July 1, 1863 The Battle of Gettysburg made its way to the
Rupp house. The Rupp’s fled their home that night and stayed in a neighbor’s
cellar. The next night John sent his wife and children across town away from
the battle to his father’s house. John remained in the cellar of his house for
the remainder of the Battle of Gettysburg. John wrote letters to his sister
recapping the battles that were fought in their home. He wrote that there were
Union soldiers on the front porch and Confederate soldiers on the back porch
and both sides were firing through the house at each other. The house was
extensively damaged from the war and the Rupp family decided to replace it was
the dwelling that you can visit today.
war had ended in Gettysburg, the Rupp family’s struggles did not. While they
were trying to rebuild their home that was destroyed by the war the Rupp’s one
year old daughter passed away in 1868. Six months after her passing the Rupp’s
oldest daughter fell in a pile of hot ashes and suffered extensive burns. In
1871 over a three day period the Rupp’s lost two sons to encephalitis. Finally
two months later John Rupp passed away from dysentery at age 46.
Rupp House is an area called Barbara’s Library where an extensive collection of
maps and periodicals related to Gettysburg and the Civil War are maintained. If
you are a member of the Friends of Gettysburg, Patron Level, you will be
allowed to review all of the documents maintained in this library.