Gettysburg National Battlefield

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The High Water Mark is, to many, the focal point of the Battle of Gettysburg. Located not too far from the visitor center, the High Water Mark was the farthest the famed assault of Pickett's Charge reached on July 3, 1863. This failed, famed charge across the field is commemorated by a plaque marking the spot the charge was stopped, thus ending the South's ambitions in Pennsylvania. Little Round Top and Devil's Den are easily accessed by the tour road. Some of the most vicious fighting occurred on these sites. Little Round Top was coveted ground throughout the battle, and many Confederate assaults were repulsed by the Union throughout the battle. The view atop this precipice is spectacular, and one can see Devil's Den, where the Confederates were stationed, sniping at the Union troops on Little Round Top. One can see how the boulders offered uneven cover for soldiers on both sides.

Visit the battlefield on a hot day and one can see why it is called Devil's Den. It is on this spot where Matthew Brady's more famous picture of a Confederate soldier was taken. Brady actually staged the whole thing, dragging the dead man and posing him against a rock with rifle by his side. It is said that it can be difficult to take pictures at this site because of certain spirits interfering with cameras.

Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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