Early on the afternoon of July 1, 1863, 29 year-old General Francis Barlow placed his division of the Union Eleventh Corps on a small rise north of the Gettysburg Almhouse. Shortly thereafter, Confederates under General John B. Gordon attacked Barlow’s position, steamrolling the Federals off the knoll and across the Almshouse property below. Pockets of Yankees made short, desperate attempts to stem the tide, only to be washed away by Gordon’s impetuous men. Hundreds of men fell on the ground between the Almshouse and Barlow’s Knoll, including General Barlow himself, who was captured. Half of Barlow's men became casualties at Gettysburg.
The Civil War Trust now has the amazing opportunity to preserve one of the most important unprotected properties on the Gettysburg battlefield. This 35-acre parcel that you and I are trying to save is surrounded by monuments to the men who fought on this land. Help us save these 35 acres and protect a major portion of the Civil War’s most famous battlefield.