Benner's Hill

Benner's Hill (HM715)

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

N 39° 49.658', W 77° 12.821'

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"The most accurate fire I have yet seen from their artillery."
Colonel Charles S. Wainwright
1st Corps Artillery Brigade, USA

The Confederate battle plan on July 2 called for General Richard Ewell's Second Corps to threaten the right flank of the Union army, while General Longstreet made the main attack against the Union left flank. Ewell planned to open his part of the action by shelling the Union positions on Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill with the artillery battalion of Major Joseph W. Latimer.

This ridge, known as Benner's Hill, proved the best location available to Latimer and during the afternoon he placed fourteen guns here. At 4 p.m. they opened fire upon the Union batteries on Cemetery Hill. Over twenty-four Union guns replied, including guns on the summit of Culp's Hill and at Stevens' Knoll, midway between Culp's and Cemetery Hills.

For nearly one and one-half hours the opposing artillery blazed away at one another. The superior firepower and elevation enjoyed by the Union artillery battered Latimer's batteries. One Confederate officer described a scene of "guns dismounted and disabled, carriages splintered and crushed, ammunition chests exploded, limbers upset, wounded horses plunging and kicking." Latimer suffered a terrible wound to his right arm. As he was carried from the field "in a clear and steady voice" he called to his men to fight harder and avenge his loss. But valor alone could not overcome the intense Union fire and Latimer's battalion was forced to withdraw to cover, ending the artillery conflict on this part of the battlefield.
HM NumberHM715
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 2:48pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 310557 N 4410971
Decimal Degrees39.82763333, -77.21368333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.658', W 77° 12.821'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 39.48" N, 77° 12' 49.26" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11175 Benner's Hill, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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