The fighting on Culp’s Hill on the night of July 2, 1863, had been a close call for the Union army concentrated around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Confederate troops had come dangerously close to seizing the Baltimore Pike, the Federals’ primary supply route. To counter this threat, Union generals organized a counterattack designed to drive the Confederates away from the vital road and off of the lower slopes of Culp’s Hill. Early the next morning, Yankee artillery on both sides of the road pounded the Confederate position, opening the last day of the largest battle of the Civil War with incalculable bloodshed.
Today, the Civil War Trust has the opportunity to save 26 crucial acres at America’s most iconic battlefield—Gettysburg. Straddling the Baltimore Pike, this land figured prominently in the fight to protect the Union army’s crucial supply line as Union batteries hammered at Confederates on Culp’s Hill and around Spangler’s Spring. These parcels have not only been identified as preservation priorities for the National Park Service, but also help us build on previous successes around the Baltimore Pike and on Gettysburg’s forgotten hill, Powers Hill.