Historic Breastworks - Gettysburg, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 39° 47.475 W 077° 14.223
18S E 308456 N 4406982
Quick Description: One of many historical markers in Gettysburg National Military Park.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 9/15/2021 6:09:52 PM
Waymark Code: WM14Z4Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Long Description:
The plaque says:

"Rude shelters were thrown up of the loose rocks that covered the ground."
Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain, U.S.A.
Commander, 20th Maine Volunteers

The increased range and accuracy of Civil War weapons made prolonged exposure to enemy fire extremely dangerous. In response to this, both armies made increasing use of rifle-pits, trenches, and breastworks. By 1864 it could be said that a soldier marched with a rifle-musket in one hand and a shovel in the other.

When the Union infantry of Col. Strong Vincent's brigade rushed to defend this hill on the afternoon of July 2, they quickly threw up crude shelters using stones laying about. The Confederates were on them so quickly there was little time for construction.

That night, in anticipation of renewed fighting on July 3, and to provide cover from Southern sharpshooters, the Federals expanded their breastworks. Confederates across the valley heard the stones dropping into place all night. Remains of these defensive works are visible here today.
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