Little Round Top - Gettysburg, PA
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N 39° 47.516 W 077° 14.206
18S E 308483 N 4407057
Quick Description: President Lincoln visited Little Round Top four months after the battle to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery, where he would later give his Gettysburg Address speech.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 9/15/2021 5:34:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM14Z4G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
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Long Description:
Photos taken on 14 September 2021. This is the spot where the Union army had the high ground and where the Confederate Army was trying to gain control. The entire three day battle, the bloodiest in the Civil War, ended right here on the last day when Confederate forces were unable to gain control of little round top and, in the end, the Battle of Gettysburg was a Union victory.

The plaque says:

"On the whole this was an admirable position to fight a defensive battle...."
1st Lt. Frank A. Haskell, U.S.A.
Aide to Brig. Gen. John Gibbon

You are standing on Little Round Top looking north and west over the center of the battlefield. Much of the fighting on the second and third days of battle was visible from here.

The Union line of defense began here at the Round Tops and ran north along Cemetery Ridge to the edge of town, then curved east over Culp's Hill (not visible), forming a "fishhook." Since it was an interior line, it was at least a mile shorter than the Confederate line, and required fewer soldiers to maintain. The higher elevations of the Union line gave the Federals better fields of view, greater ranges for cannon, and required the Confederates to attack uphill which slowed them down.

The Confederate line of battle extended along Seminary Ridge (to your left) and then curved east through town, paralleling the Union line.

(Key Points Referenced):
(1) South Mountain

(2) Emmitsburg Road

(3) Seminary Ridge
This long, low ridge was part of the Confederate army front on July 2 and 3. General Lee used the wooded ridge both days to screen the movement of his troops.

(4) Copse of Trees
This small clump of trees marks the Confederates deepest penetration into the Union lines during "Pickett's Charge" on July 3. It also marks the approximate center of the Union line.

(5) Pennsylvania Memorial
This impressive landmark on Cemetery Ridge stands 110 feet and can be seen from many parts of the battlefield. Dedicated in 1910, it bears the names of each of the 34,530 Pennsylvanians who participated in the battle.

(6) Cemetery Hill
Site of historic Evergreen Cemetery over looking the town of Gettysburg. Union troops rallied here late on the afternoon of July 1, then held the commanding ground during the remainder of the battle as part of the "fishhook" line.

Four months after the battle, President Lincoln dedicated the National Cemetery on this hill.
Location Type: Other Likeness

Property Type: Public

Date of Event: November 1863

Location Notes:
Free to visit as it is a national park.


URL for Additional Information: Not listed

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