Confederate Line of Battle

Confederate Line of Battle (HM7FL)

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

N 39° 49.106', W 77° 14.85'

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July 3, 1863 - Third Day

"Smoke soon hid everything, the firing was as rapid as musketry, and shot and shell flew in flocks."
Lt. Col. E. Porter Alexander, C.S.A.
Commander of the Confederate bombardment

Confederate artillery and infantry occupied the low, wooded ridge you are standing on - Seminary Ridge - July 2 and 3. Union forces defended Cemetery Ridge, the parallel ridge 3/4 mile in front of you. In between lay the Emmitsburg Road and fields crisscrossed with fences.

About 1:00 p.m. on the third day, Confederate cannon along this ridge opened fire, answered shortly by the Union guns. For two hours more than 270 cannon thundered, creating a scene one correspondent called "a very hell of fire that amazed the oldest officers."

About 3:00 p.m. the cannonade ceased, and Confederate infantry commanded by Brig. Gen. James J. Pettigrew and Maj. Gen. Isaac Trimble formed ranks in the fields behind you, and advanced out across the field in front of you. To your right, other Confederates under Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett did the same. The ill-fated assault commanded by Lt. Gen. James Longstreet would come to be known as "Pickett's Charge."
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HM NumberHM7FL
Series This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series
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Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307637 N 4410022
Decimal Degrees39.81843333, -77.24750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.106', W 77° 14.85'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 6.36" N, 77° 14' 51.00" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 142 W Confederate Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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