Category Archives: Terrain

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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Geometry of Combat 3: The Devil’s Den Sharpshooter

We have calculated the distance of the shots made by the Confederate sharpshooter in Devil’s Den that killed Captain Charles E. Hazlett, Commanding Battery D, 5th United States Artillery, in the Fifth Corps Artillery Brigade; and Brigadier General Stephen H. … 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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