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Two Acres on the First Day's Battlefield

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The Battle of Gettysburg had been underway for several hours when General Alfred Iverson’s brigade of North Carolina troops arrived on Oak Hill. The Tar Heels stepped out of Forney Woods with a Rebel yell, unaware they were walking into a trap--Union soldiers, including men who had fired some of the first shots of the battle, lay concealed in woods on the slope in front of them, Oak Ridge. Many Yankees held their fire, waiting until the Southerners were within 50 yards before blazing away with deadly accuracy. Struck in front and flank, Iverson’s men were caught in the open, helpless. Those not killed in the ensuing carnage either surrendered or hugged the ground until their comrades could sweep the Federals from the field. When he later surveyed the field, General Iverson saw his men lying dead “on a line as straight as a dress parade.” Iverson lost 65% of his brigade in this brief action—the highest percentage of any Confederate brigade at Gettysburg. 

The Civil War Trust now has the opportunity to save two acres on historic Oak Ridge at Gettysburg. This land was held by Union troops of General Lysander Cutler’s brigade, who delivered volley after fearful volley into Iverson’s advancing troops. Until now, this land has been privately owned—an unprotected piece of hallowed ground at America’s most famous battlefield. Now, we have the chance to reclaim this ground as a memorial to the brave Americans who fought there. Help us preserve Oak Ridge. 

Save Gettysburg.

By taking advantage of this tremendous $10-to-$1 matching opportunity, you will be extinguishing the very real threat of future residential development – someone buying the property, tearing down the older house and building a new McMansion – on this hallowed ground.
Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
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Battle Map
BATTLE MAP | Civil War Trust’s map of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1863
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Battle Map
BATTLE MAP | Civil War Trust’s map of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1863
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