View from behind a snake rail fence with trees, mist and clouds

The Peach Orchard at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pa.

Matt Brant

Furious Fights at Gettysburg

Five bold actions from the legendary battle

There are instances when boldness takes over and transforms a moment in time into something that will forever define a person or place. While it’s easy to get swept away in the thousands of acres and countless stories that encompass the Battle of Gettysburg, we've identified five bold actions that guided the course of the legendary battle. The locations at which these actions unfolded, some well-known and some less traveled, forever carry the memory of heart-wrenching fighting that was felt deeply across a divided nation. Explore our content and maps below to be transported to those three days in July 1863.

Mapping Furious Fights at Gettysburg

Barlow's Knoll
July 1, 1863

Timothy H. Smith writes about Barlow's Knoll, a flank attack during the Battlefield of Gettysburg that passed through the Almshouse (poor house) complex — a site where a new museum and history center are now planned.

Black and white photo with layers of large boulders and a tree peeping up behind
Devil's Den
July 2, 1863

Garry Adelman writes about Devil's Den,  one of Gettysburg’s most terrible infantry fights fought on  July 2, 1863.

Misty scene with several peach trees and a snake rail fence
Peach Orchard
July 2, 1863

Ralph Siegel writes about the Peach Orchard, a frequently overlooked battle at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.

Monument at the edge of an autumnal field with clouds across a blue sky
Cemetery Ridge
July 2, 1863

Chris Army writes about the 1st Minnesota's involvement at the Battle of Gettysburg, from their famous charge on July 2 to Longstreet’s July 3 assault against the center of the Union line.

Michigan Cavalry Brigade Monument at East Cavalry Field, Gettysburg National Military Park, Pa.
East Cavalry Field
July 3, 1863

James Hessler writes about the spirited cavalry engagement that unfolded almost four miles east of Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 3, 1863.

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