West of the Wheatfield on the grounds of the Rose Farm, weathering a hailstorm of shot, shell, and canister,
Confederate Brigadier General Joseph Kershaw's troops forced the Federals from their positions occupying the grounds just hours
earlier. Referring to the Rose Farm, General Kershaw said, "In my center front was a stone house, and to the left of it a stone
barn, both about 500 yards from our line, and on a line with the crest of the orchard hill. Along the front of the orchard, and on
the face looking toward the stone house, the enemy's infantry was posted." The picture to your left shows the still standing
stone house and the remains of the stone barn to its right. General Kershaw's South Carolinians took this ground despite the obstacles
the General later described. He said, "...examining the position of the enemy, I found him to be in superior force in the orchard,
supported by artillery."
Despite his brigade's eventual successes on this second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Brigadier General Kershaw offered in his
official report, "It was now near nightfall, and the operations of the day were over. Gathering all my regiments, with Semmes'
brigade, behind the wall, and placing pickets well to the front, I commenced the melancholy task of looking up my numerous dead and
wounded. It was a sad list."