The Deadly Sharpshooters

The Deadly Sharpshooters (HM9OO)

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

N 39° 47.525', W 77° 14.203'

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July 2, 1863 - Second Day

"The sharpshooters also began their deadly work, and the sharp zip - p-i-n-g-g-g - of the spiteful rifle ball, more dangerous than its larger brother, added to our perils."
Capt. <blurred> G. Carter, U.S.A.
22nd Massachusetts Infantry

Little Round Top's large rocks and the stone breastworks thrown up during the battle, protected Union soldiers here from Confederate sharpshooters in and around Devil's Den across the valley. Also, the rocks provided secure firing positions for Union sharpshooters.

A Civil War sharpshooter using a rifle equipped with a scope could kill an enemy soldier at 1,000 yards. The Confederate sharpshooters at Devil's Den were only 500 yards from here.

Union sharpshooters and infantry crept on hands and knees to avoid flying lead. For officers, it was more difficult to keep down. Brig. Gen. Stephen H. Weed, commander of the second Union brigade to arrive on the scene, fell mortally wounded by a sharpshooter's bullet here July 2. When Lt. Charles E. Hazlett, commander of the cannon to your left, answered the call of the dying Weed, a bullet penetrated his brain, and he fell dead in Weed's lap.
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HM NumberHM9OO
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Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 10:21am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308487 N 4407074
Decimal Degrees39.79208333, -77.23671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.525', W 77° 14.203'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 31.50" N, 77° 14' 12.18" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122 Sykes Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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