During the 2nd & 3rd days of the battle, Southern pickets fired upon their Union counterparts from the
grounds of the Bliss Farm. During one of her Battlefield Walks, National Park Service Ranger Terry Latschar described an
incident that occurred between these lines. She related that one Confederate soldier later reported thinking, "To be slain
on the battlefield for one's country is glorious. To be wounded and left to lie helpless and in pain where bullets from friend
and foe hiss in the air and to have the summer sun burning the already fevered body and the horrible thirst is pitiful in the
On Day 3 during a lull in the shooting, a Union soldier wrote that one of the Confederate pickets from Posey's brigade stood with
his rifle over his shoulder and called out, "Don't fire Yanks". Several of the Union soldiers raised their guns but held.
As Ms. Latschar stated, the Confederate soldier "went out into that deadly field, now quiet, took his canteen and shared his
canteen and water with a Yankee wounded soldier that was lying there. It so impressed the Union line that they stood up and
cheered for him. He shared what was left of his canteen, made it back to the skirmish line near the Bliss Farm, and then shouted
the words, 'Get down Yanks. We're going to fire again'."
The Bliss Farm
would change hands several times between July 2nd and 3rd before Union Brigadier General Alexander Hays of Winfield Scott Hancock's
2nd Corps had finally had enough. He would state in his official report, "On July 2, the division, moving on the Taneytown
Road, arrived within about a mile of the town, where it was assigned a position on a ridge nearly parallel with the road, facing
westward. A stone wall just below the crest of the hill gave much strength to the position, and an open space of half a mile in
our front afforded the artillery posted on the right and left flanks a fair field for effective service. A strong line of
skirmishers was thrown forward to our front, and during the day contended successfully with the enemy. Twice, at least, sorties
were made from our position by the Twelfth New Jersey Volunteers, First Delaware, and Fourteenth Connecticut Regiments against
a barn and house one-fourth of a mile in advance of our position, returning in each case successfully with prisoners.
The daylight of the 3d was a signal for renewed hostilities, and during the forenoon was a repetition of the
practice of the previous day, excepting that their skirmishers appeared more pertinacious in their assault.
About 11 a.m. an entire lull occurred, which was continued until nearly 2 p.m. Anticipating the movement of the
enemy, I caused the house and barn in our front, which interrupted the fire of our artillery, to be burned."