On Sunday the 22nd of May we woke about 7:00 AM, ate at the motel restaurant and hit the road for a full day of going through the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Since we had gone to all the tourist stops the day before, we headed straight to the battlefield.  I wanted to visit Devil’s Den, where the 3rd Arkansas was engaged and Little Round Top, where the 20th Maine was engaged.Devil's Den

The park road leads you to the top of Devil’s Den and you can look southeast to the area that the Texas Brigade under General Robertson had started their advance from near the Arkansas Monument.  Devil’s Den is a series of huge boulders about 60 to 70 feet about the surrounding terrain and from Devil’s Den to the southeast there was no impediment to stop Union Artillery from firing on the Confederate Advance.  How the Texas Bridge sustained that advance and actually ran the Union forces off this weird rock formation known as Devil’s Den is beyond me.

All I could do was shake my head while looking down from Devil’s Den to the base of the rocks and contemplating in awe of the grit of the Texas, Arkansas and Georgia units that took this hill.  It is amazing that all of them weren’t wiped out before they got this far. They did sustain a lot of casualties, but they took the hill.

Nancy and I then drove to the top of Little Round Top to see where the 20th Maine under Little Round Top color picColonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain had held the line against attacking Alabama troops.  War brings out the worst and the best in men. Chamberlain had no military training. Yet his leadership during the second day of the Gettysburg Battle in one of many reasons that allowed the Union forces to win.

We walked over the area and I followed the historical sign’s information as to the maneuvers utilized by Chamberlain to keep the Confederates from flanking the Union Line and rolling up the Army of the Potomac.

By this time it was time for lunch and we went into Gettysburg to eat at the famous Little Round Top

After lunch we were going to the Pickett’s Charge site.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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