“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Longstreet Tower - East View

Longstreet Tower - East View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. Longstreet Tower - East View Marker
Inscription. The Left of the Union Army

"I took up the line because it enabled me to hold commanding ground."
-Major General Daniel E. Sickles

In a move whose merit has been debated since the battle, General Sickles, on his own initiative, positioned the 10,500 man Union Third Corps three-quarters of a mile in front of the original Union line on Cemetery Ridge. The new Third Corps' position was from the base of Little Round Top to the Peach Orchard and extended to your left a quarter-mile along Emmittsburg Road. Unfortunately, the Union line, which was a mile in length, was too long to be adequately defended by the undermanned Third Corps.

The Confederate Assault Continues

"Fourteen hundred rifles were grasped with firm hands, and as the line officers repeated the command "Forward March" the men sprang forward and fourteen hundred voices raised the famous 'Rebel Yell'....
-Colonel B.G. Humphreys, Barksdale's Brigade

On July 2nd, 1863, at 5:00, McLaws' 7,100 man division of Longstreet's Corps joined Hood's assault against the Union position. Kershaw's Brigade of South Carolinians advanced from your right toward the Rose Farm woodline. After crossing the Emmittsburg Road, Kershaw's Brigade split in two halves. The right half assaulted the Rose Farm Woods and the left section wheeled
Panoramic View Looking East from the Tower image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Panoramic View Looking East from the Tower
to attack the Peach Orchard.

At 5:45 P.M., Barksdale's Brigade of Mississippians advanced on the left of Kershaw and pierced the apex of the Union position at the Peach Orchard and Sherfy Farm. Barksdale's men wheeled to the left and continued to roll up the Union line along the Emmittsburg Road, finally being stopped behind the Trostle Farm.
Location. 39° 47.996′ N, 77° 15.353′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West Confederate Avenue and Millerstown Road, on the left when traveling south on West Confederate Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the viewing level of the Longstreet Tower, near stop six of the driving tour of 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 within walking distance of this marker. Longstreet Tower - South View (here, next to this marker); President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm (a few steps from this marker); The Ashland Virginia Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Lieut. General James Longstreet (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bedford Virginia Artillery (within shouting distance
Annotated View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Annotated View
Indicating key points referenced on the marker.
of this marker); McLaws's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlton's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parker's Battery - Alexander's Battalion (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. A panoramic photo on the marker points out the locations of Oak Hill, Spangler Barn, Cemetery Hill, Culp's Hill, Sherfy Farm, Trostle Barn, Peach Orchard, Little Round Top, and Rose Farm.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,381 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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