The Battle Opens

The Battle Opens (HM3QW)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 50.079', W 77° 15.021'

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July 1st, 1863 - The First Day

"Forward, men, forward for God's sake, & drive those fellows out of those woods."
Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, U.S.A.
Commander, First Army Corps.

On the morning of July 1, 1863, the bloodiest single battle of the Civil War began here on the outskirts of Gettysburg.

About 8 a.m., 7,000 Confederate infantry attacking from the west and north (in front of you) clashed with 3,200 dismounted Union cavalry positioned along this ridge. The cavalry slowed the Confederate tide until the Union infantry arrived on the battlefield.

By 10:30 a.m., the Union First Corps reached the field and drove the Confederate back in a bloody hour-long action here that left nearly 2,000 dead and wounded. Among the victims was Union Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, the first of many generals whose careers ended at Gettysburg.
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HM NumberHM3QW
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 1:47pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307439 N 4411828
Decimal Degrees39.83465000, -77.25035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 50.079', W 77° 15.021'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 50' 4.74" N, 77° 15' 1.26" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-48 Reynolds Ave S, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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