This Gettysburg dog pre-dates the Civil War, but is worthy of note considering his important job in the community.
Back in the days of outhouse-tipping and long before the invention of electronic surveillance systems, providing security for Gettysburg’s bank was nothing like it is today. A few curious scenes are related in a “History of the Bank of Gettysburg, 1814-1864”:
In 1814, the bank — the only one in Adams County — hired a watchman who “had erected for his accommodation a box located on the pavement and which many of our older citizens will no doubt remember. A customary feat of the young bloods of the day out on a lark was to carefully lock the watchman in his box and transport the whole outfit to the windward. Many will also recall the bull dog who officiated as a guard and retained his situation for many years until he died full of years and crabbedness.”
We suspect that no one ever tried to carry off the bull dog.
Source: “History of the Bank of Gettysburg, 1814-1864,” published by Gettysburg National Bank, 1914
Our illustration – From an 1890 print by Currier & Ives (Library of Congress)