Little Round Top from Devil’s Den

Yesterday I shared a photo taken in 2009 that showed a view of the Devil’s Den at Gettysburg.  The view was from the top of Little Round Top, the famed hill that Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine defended on July 3, 1863, the second day of the massive battle.  The view here is facing mostly east toward Little Round Top, and the area the 20th Maine defended was further to the right.

Try to put yourself in the picture: it was July and it was brutally hot and humid.  If you were a Confederate soldier, you were ordered, over and over again, to assault Little Round Top by rushing up the hillside, trying to dislodge the Union troops waiting on the heights by the tree line.  The Union soldiers could fire downhill at the exposed Confederates.  There as little to hide behind as they went up the hill, attacking the Union line.  Wave after wave, attack after attack took place until the Confederates were exhausted and decimated.  Yet one more attack took place, only to be met at bayonet point by the 20th Maine sweeping down the hillside, killing and capturing the exhausted Rebel troops.  It was a very desperate struggle, each side determined to hold the high ground because from there, artillery could command the entire Gettysburg battlefield.  Lose Little Round Top, lose the battle of Gettysburg, lose the Civil War.  It was that blunt.

Don’t you just love to go to places like this where great human endeavor and struggle took place?  Where the history of the country, if not the world, hung on a final charge and extreme bravery?  Can you imagine the courage of the men – on both sides, as they found over this patch of ground?  What it must have looked like after the battle for Little Round Top was over?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1862, sixteen crew were drowned when the USS Monitor sank during a storm off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the comic strip, “Tarzan”, first appeared in US newspapers in 1929.


2 thoughts on “Little Round Top from Devil’s Den

  1. I guess I have to say on wars that it is stealing from another to me unless there is a really good reason other then stealing another’s lands to me it is not of God,yet in the old testament they did the same, conquering other lands and saying that God told them to. This has always bothered me if he does not want us to steal or fornicate and the soldiers did this with the woman they got from the spoils of others etc.To much blood shed for land and woman and better soils the trains going through and I think of the Indians Chief Joseph and how they had to go into the Dakotas in the winter,into a strange land they knew not and try to survive but the calvary followed them and killed off what they could of them.Look at Gettesburg and all the deaths for what? Brother against brother whole famlies dying together on the battlefield.All because one man could give and order and they did what they were told cause they thought it was a noble thing to do.I just don’t think people that do these things go to God their souls are some where but not in heaven,was the reason more important then their own souls,or family members? Makes me wonder that’s all.

    1. There are many such dilemmas and they are hard questions…and no matter what explanation we might offer, we could very well be wrong and may not ever be able to get the answer right. At some point, God will be able to tell us.

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