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
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.
Garry Adelman writes about Devil's Den, one of Gettysburg’s most terrible infantry fights fought on July 2, 1863.
Ralph Siegel writes about the Peach Orchard, a frequently overlooked battle at Gettysburg on 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.
James Hessler writes about the spirited cavalry engagement that unfolded almost four miles east of Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 3, 1863.