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Battlefield Landmarks - South and West

 
 
Battlefield Landmarks - South and West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
1. Battlefield Landmarks - South and West Marker
Inscription. "Being satisfied from the reports received from the field that it was the intention of the enemy to support with his whole army the attack already made, and the reports of Major-Generals Hancock and Howard on the character of the position being favorable, I determined to give battle at this point, and, early in the evening of the 1st, issued orders to all the corps to concentrate at Gettysburg...."
Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, U.S.A.
Commander, Army of the Potomac

(1) Big Round Top
This rocky, wooded hill marked the extreme left flank of the Union line on July 2, the second day of the battle. Union troops seized Big Round Top on the evening of July 2, although by that time it had little strategic value.

(2) Little Round Top
Scene of heavy fighting on the afternoon of July 2 when Longstreet's Confederate First Corps attempted to turn the Union left flank on Cemetery Ridge. Site of one of six Union signal stations posted on the three-mile-long battlefield. The rocky crest afforded unobstructed views of the battlefield.

(3) Pennsylvania Memorial
Gettysburg National Park's largest monument, and one of the most prominent landmarks. It stands near the center of the 2nd and 3rd days' fighting. Inscribed on its bronze tablets are the names of 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers who participated
Observation Tower at Culp's Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Observation Tower at Culp's Hill
in the battle.

(4) Gettysburg National Cemetery
Established one month after the battle, this cemetery contains the remains of 3,512 soldiers killed at Gettysburg Address at the cemetery's dedication on November 19, 1863. The tombstones visible from here are actually in Evergreen Cemetery, an older cemetery located just in front of the National Cemetery.

(5) Lutheran Theological Seminary
Founded in 1826, it's the oldest Lutheran Seminary in the United States. During the battle, lookouts from both armies were posted in its cupola. The building also served as a hospital. Just beyond the seminary lies McPherson Ridge where the battle opened July 1.
 
Location. 39° 49.204′ N, 77° 13.231′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Culp's Hill Loop, in the median. Touch for map. Located on the Observation Tower at the upper crest of Culp's Hill 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 within walking distance of this marker. Battlefield Landmarks - North and West (here, next to this marker); Battery K, Fifth U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); 7th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance
Battlefield Landmarks - South and West Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 3, 2015
3. Battlefield Landmarks - South and West Marker
The marker is at the top of the tower at Culp's Hill.
of this marker); 76th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Defense of Culp's Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); 95th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); George Sears Greene (within shouting distance of this marker); Independent Battery E (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Southwest Panorama from the Tower image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Southwest Panorama from the Tower
The Copse of Trees and New York State Monument, both indicated on the marker, are blocked in this view by summer tree foliage.
Battlefield Landmarks - South and West Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 3, 2015
5. Battlefield Landmarks - South and West Marker
The Culp's Hill Tower includes an older metal plate that the viewer can use to locate major Gettysburg landmarks. Big Round Top can be seen in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on December 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 5, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on December 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 5, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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