Category Archives: Terrain

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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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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Remembrance Day Photos, Part 1

Had an early start on Remembrance day and started taking photos before dawn. Here is the Union Center [Cemetery Ridge] in the distance, from West Confederate Avenue: Here are the Round tops, from West Confederate Avenue: The Sun rising from … 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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