Category Archives: Tactics

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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Back to the 83rd PA at LRT

After Monday’s burn the vegetation is not just reduced, it is almost completely gone…at least for the next few days. Below is a photo taken today at Little Round Top from Sykes Avenue, looking generally west, with my back to … Continue reading

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LRT: Defense in Depth

Chamberlain’s narrative describes a defense in depth on Little Round Top, not a single line. 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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Tracking Hazlett’s Battery D, 5th US Artillery

Although we are constantly reading up on the Battle of Gettysburg, we think we have read only a pinch of what is available.  One thing that has caught our interest over the years is a question about Hazlett’s Battery D, … 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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