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Gettysburg - Devil's Den and Little Round Top, July 3, 1863


Battle of Gettysburg
Devil's Den & Little Round Top
July 3, 1863

As the fighting at Gettysburg escalated on the afternoon of July 2, the timely arrival of Gen. John Sedgwick's Union Sixth corps allowed army commander Gen. George Meade the freedom to shuttle his troops to the imperiled portions of the Federal line. The Sixth corps, then, was carved into pieces, with brigades posted from one end of the battlefield to other. On the morning of July 3, two brigades--Col. Lewis Grant's Vermont brigade and the Maine, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin troops of Gen. David A. Russell's brigade--were posted below Big Round Top, astride the Taneytown Road. To these troops was assigned the vital task of protecting the extreme left flank of the Army of the Potomac. That afternoon, Russell's brigade was ordered to assist in the repulse of Pickett's charge, but arrived after crisis had abated.

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