Gettysburg - Fight for Barlow’s Knoll - July 1, 1863 2:45-4:30PM
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Gettysburg - Fight for Barlow's Knoll - July 1, 1863 2:45-4:30PM
American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Gettysburg - Fight for Barlow’s Knoll
As the battle raged on McPherson's Ridge, the Confederate Second Corps under Richard Ewell arrived from the north and threatened the Union right flank. To seize high ground in the immediate vicinity, Gen. Francis C. Barlow advanced his division of the XI Corps to a knoll along the Harrisburg Road. Barlow’s men, however, were spread too thin and their right flank was in the air. Brigades under John B. Gordon and George Doles converged on Barlow's exposed position and, after a brief fight, routed the Yankees and seized the knoll.
The Yankees attempted to counter the Confederate onslaught by posting the brigade of Charles Coster in the streets of town but with little success. With Southern forces now in possession of the high ground most Union troops beat a hasty retreat through Gettysburg to the heights south of the town.