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Battle Anniversary 3: “The Most Terrible Struggle of the War”, July 1, 1863 – Early Afternoon

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. July 1, 1863 – Afternoon Howard Major General Oliver Otis Howard, 4th in his class of 46 cadets who graduated from West Point in 1854, commanded the 11th Corps in the Army of the Potomac. Howard was wounded … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 1: “Fight like the Devil” – June 30, 1863

June 30, 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Pettigrew The sight that greeted Sarah Broadhead as she looked out her window on the west side of Gettysburg on the morning of June 30th, 1863 caused her to draw a sharp breath. There had … Continue reading

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Logic as applied to the records

On more than a few occasions we have encountered the telling of an event in a history book that simply defies logic.  Sometimes the events do indeed defy logic. For example, on the first day of the Battle, while forming … Continue reading

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Objectives and the Use of Terrain

A bit of terrain description is required here.  Little Round Top is the second of three elevations that are located at the south end of Cemetery Ridge.  First is Munshower’s Knoll, the position where General Dan Sickles was supposed to … Continue reading

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The First Question: How did he know?

One author* details a contentious discussion on the peak of Big Round Top between Colonel Oates and General Law’s messenger [Captain Leigh Richmond Terrill, Assistant Adjutant General on Law’s staff] wherein Oates demanded to be allowed to go after the … Continue reading

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The Battle for Little Round Top – Part 2

We are reposting this for reference of another post to come up shortly. [NB: Images are clickable and can be enlarged] As most of the history books have it, Colonel William Oates, Commander of the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment, was … Continue reading

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The Artillery at Gettysburg

[Note: This will eventually be stored as a separate page for reference purposes.] There were numerous explosions at various arsenals during the war, and even one after the war ended.  They occurred both in the North [Barthelow Manufacturing in Philadelphia, … Continue reading

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The Beauty of the High Ground at Gettysburg

Let us address the July 3rd assault first.  Pickett’s Charge wasn’t that close to success.  Quite simply, by the time Armistead made it across the wall on Cemetery Ridge there was not enough firepower left to support him and the … Continue reading

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