The Bloody Wheatfield

The Bloody Wheatfield (HM8N1)

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

N 39° 47.776', W 77° 14.602'

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— July 2 1863 - Second Day —

"It was here that the crash came. A storm of lead swept through our ranks like hail."
Pvt. James Houghton, USA
4th Michigan Infantry

In the summer of 1863, the golden wheat grew tall here. But at 4:30 p.m. on July 2, the Wheatfield was transformed into a whirlpool of death. Over a period of 2-1/2 hours this ground changed hands six times as Confederates of Longstreet's Corps attempted to smash the loosely-knit Union line.

The Confederate attackers came from your rear and left; Union reinforcements moved into the area from your front and right. In the various actions, soldiers found ready-made defenses at the stone wall behind you, and on the "stony hill" to your left. With each new attack, casualties mounted.

When the Union advance position at the Peach Orchard (1/2-mile northwest of here, to your left) collapsed about 6:30 p.m., Confederates began to surround the Wheatfield. The Federals fell back toward Cemetery Ridge, leaving pools of blood along their retreat route. By nightfall, the ravaged Wheatfield belonged to the Confederates.
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HM NumberHM8N1
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Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 9:16pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307930 N 4407552
Decimal Degrees39.79626667, -77.24336667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.776', W 77° 14.602'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 46.56" N, 77° 14' 36.12" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 499 Sickles Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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