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Little Round Top

(1863)

Little Round Top is the smaller of two rocky hills south of Gettysburg Pennsylvaniathe companion to the adjacent taller hill named Big Round Top. It was the site of an unsuccessful assault by Confederate troops against the Union left flank on July 2 1863 the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Monument of Gen. Warren looking over the battlefield from Little Round Top.jpg
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Monument to McLaws' Division at Gettysburg.png
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Monument to Law's Brigade.png
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Bas-relief of Colonel Patrick Henry O'Rorke.jpg
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The monument stands where General Evander Law's brigade of Alabamans began their assault toward Little Round Top on July 2nd after a grueling 18 mile approach march. Alabama sent almost 6,000 men to Gettysburg with the Army of Northern Virginia. Of these, 2,249 became casualties.
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View of the Devils Den from Little Round Top.jpg
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140th New York Monument

From the front of the monument:

 

Fraternity

 

Col. Pat'k H. O'Rorke
Killed July 2, 1863

 

From the left (north) side:

Valor

 

140th 
N.Y. Infty. 
3rd Brigade
2nd Division
5th Corps 
July 2 & 3, 1863

 

From the right (south) side:

Duty

 

Number engaged 
526
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Casualties
26 killed
89 wounded
18 missing

 

From the rear:

Patriotism

 

July 2nd and 3rd
1863

Law's Brigade

 

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Evander Law, a South Carolina history professor who moved to Alabama in 1860 to start a military school.

 

Law's Brigade arrived on the battlefield on July 2nd after a long, hot march and were assigned the right flank of Longstreet's attack. When General Hood was wounded early in the assault Law took over the division as senior brigade commander, but the transition went poorly. It took time for Law to find out Hood was wounded, he did not notify his senior colonel to take over his brigade, and neither brigade nor division received firm direction.

 

The result was that the Confederate assault lacked coordination and there was no support to consolidate and exploit the initially succesful assults that overran Devil's Den and almost took Little Round Top. Law's Brigade had seized an advanced position but failed to deliver the knockout blow that Lee hoped for.

 

Lee had wished to include Hood's Division in the great attack on July 3rd but it was decided that it had been too badly battered on the 2nd. Law's Brigade, now under Colonel James L. Sheffield of the 48th Alabama Infantry, easily defended its position against encroaching Union skirmishers and a spectacular but hopeless cavalry charge led by Union Brigadier General Elon Farnsworth.

The 16th Michigan at the Battle of Gettysburg

From the front of the monument:

 

Sixteenth Mich. Inf'ty
3rd Brig. 1st. Div. 
5th Corps

 

From the back:

 

Mustered in at Detroit, Mich. Sept. 8, 1861.
Mustered out at Jeffersonville, Ind. July 8, 1865.

Total enrollment 2318 offices & men
Killed in action 10 officers, 155 men
Died of wounds 2 officers, 48 men.
Died of disease 128 men. Total 348.

Participated in 52 skirmishes and general engagements from Yorktown, Va. May 4, 1862 to Appomattox, Va., April 9, 1865 and was one of the regiments detailed to receive Lee's Army with its arms and flags on April 9, 1865.

 

Regiment held this position during the afternoon and night of July 2, 1863, and assisted in defeating the desperate attempts of the enemy to capture Little Round Top.

 

Present for duty 17 officers, 339 men total 356. Casualties: 3 officers 20 men killed, 2 officers 32 men wounded, 3 men missing. Total 60.

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