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Gettysburg - Devil’s Den and Little Round Top - 4:30 to 5:30pm

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Gettysburg - Devil's Den and Little Round Top
Gettysburg - Devil's Den and Little Round Top
Battle of Gettysburg

American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Gettysburg - Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, 4:30 - 5:30 P.M. 

John B. Hood was seriously wounded by artillery fire early in the attack of his division. Evander Law was the senior brigade commander, but he would not be notified of Hood’s wounding until late in the attack. The rough terrain and lack of direction from the division level scattered Hood’s brigades; some turned north while others continued east. Fighting from behind trees and rock walls around the Slyder farm, the 2nd U. S. Sharpshooters Regiment from the III Corps slowed the advance of Law’s brigade. As they retired from Law’s oncoming men, the Sharpshooters drew them east toward the Round Tops. Law’s men, worn out from a long march, pushed east up Plum Run valley in pursuit of the Sharpshooters.

The brigades of Jerome Robertson and Henry Benning moved toward Devil’s Den. George Anderson’s brigade moved through the woods into the Wheatfield. On his own initiative, Strong Vincent diverted his V Corps brigade to Little Round Top. Joshua Chamberlain’s 20th Maine made a heroic charge against the 15th Alabama to maintain their hold on the hill. The 16th Michigan faltered, but was supported at the last moment by the 140th New York and other regiments. Together they held off the repeated attacks of Law’s exhausted Confederates and their offensive in this sector came to a halt.

Learn More: The Battle of Gettysburg


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