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Gettysburg - Devil's Den and Little Round Top

 

Battle of Gettysburg
Devil's Den and Little Round Top
July 2, 1863

Having caught the Federals off guard, Gen. Robert E. Lee determined to attack the Army of the Potomac on July 2.  Gen. James Longstreet's newly arrived corps of infantry was march south and attack the Union's exposed left flank on Cemetery Ridge.  Longstreet, who disagreed with Lee's plan, did not get his troops into position until mid-afternoon.  As Longstreet's attack column was getting in place, Union Third corps chief, Gen. Daniel Sickles advanced his troops off of Cemetery Ridge to take advantage of what he deemed to be ground better suited for defense. 

Around 4:30 Gen. John B. Hood's Confederate division launched its much-anticipated assault. Spearheaded by Texans, Arkansans, and Alabamians, Hood's men swept over Sickles' men occupying the boulder-strewn Devil's Den and made their way toward a rocky hill known as Little Round Top. Seeing this movement, the Federals' chief engineer Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren worked feverishly to rush troops to the imperiled sector. Two brigades of the Fifth Corps, Col. Strong Vincent and Col. Patrick O'Rorke arrived in the nick of time and were able to halt the Rebel advance, and secure the Union left.

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