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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

High Water Mark Walking Tour

July 3, 1863 - Third Day

 
 
High Water Mark Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. High Water Mark Walking Tour Marker
Inscription. "Every foot of ground was occupied by men engaged in mortal combat...."
Maj. Edmund Rice, U.S.A.
19th Massachusetts Infantry

The green trail to your left leads to the scene of the climax of Pickett's Charge, the decisive action widely known as the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy." Historic sites along the way include General Meade's headquarters, the Angle, the Copse of Trees, and the Brian Farm.

The one-mile loop walk requires about 45 minutes. Wayside exhibits describe major historic features and events. In addition, a self-guiding brochure with a map of the walking tour is available in the Cyclorama Center behind you.

For your safety, and the protection of the park's resources, please do not climb on cannon or monuments. Watch for traffic at tour road crossings.
 
Erected by Gettysburg National Military Park.
 
Location. 39° 48.928′ N, 77° 14.068′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the west side of the Cyclorama Building in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Tour Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Tour Map
The map carries the following advisory:
The first part of the tour route from here to the Copse of Trees follows a smooth, paved walk and is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. All major features may be seen along this section. Grades are relatively easy, except for the slope down to Meade's Headquarters. The section shown as a dashed line on the map has a rough, gravel surface that may limit accessibility.
within walking distance of this marker. Battery F Fifth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brian Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Ninth Massachusetts Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 107th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 111th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Army of the Republic (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a map of the walking tour route. On the right is a section of the Cyclorama painting. The High Water Mark Walking Tour leads through the heart of the landscape depicted in this section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. It was here on the afternoon of July 3, 1863, that Lee's second invasion of the North was decisively stopped.
 
Regarding High Water Mark Walking Tour. The Cyclorama building mentioned in the marker text is now closed. The painting was moved to the new Gettysburg visitor center to the east of Taneytown Road.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
High Water Mark Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
3. High Water Mark Walking Tour Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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