Before The War
Described as a “woman of great strength of character,” Rosina Hubley was born on November 25, 1793, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In November 1814, at age 21 she married Joseph Hubley, a businessman who owned and operated the Swan Hotel in downtown Lancaster. Together, Rosina and Joseph raised three children — Edward, John, and Mary. In 1830 Joseph Hubley died and Rosina became sole proprietor of the Swan Hotel. In addition to operating the hotel and raising her children, Rosina, always being civic-minded, organized charities to help the poor and impoverished in Lancaster. After the start of the Civil War, she, now 70 years old and just ten days after the war’s opening shots at Fort Sumter, organized the Patriot Daughters of Lancaster, a soldiers’ aid society composed of women dedicated to raising money and providing for the needs of Union soldiers. Rosina served as president of this benevolent association throughout all four years of the war; her daughter, Mary, was treasurer. They organized relief expeditions and furnished desperately-needed supplies after the battles of Antietam and Chancellorsville, but it was for their efforts after the Battle of Gettysburg that the Patriot Daughters of Lancaster are best remembered.
Return to the story of Rosina Hubley and her work at Gettysburg after you have toured the first floor of the David Wills house.