2nd Manassas - Aug. 1862
The Battle of Gettysburg - Thursday, July 2, 1863
74 to 81. Morning fog, cloudy with a slight breeze

Little Round Top at Gettysburg Battlefield

On Thursday, July 2, 1863, Gettysburg's Little Round Top served as host to just one of the days many bloody struggles. Tremendous bravery by Union and Confederate soldiers alike clasped hands with unspeakable, misery-laced brutality. The view above looks east towards Little Round Top over the small, barely visible stream called Plum Run in a depression christened the Valley of Death for the many bodies of men that adorned the marshy ground. Up the hills craggy slopes, Confederate men surged. On these grounds, Union men held. On these fields, Death chose no sides, working his craft with cruel efficiency. For a time, the Plum Run trickled by the dead of both side, tainted a continuous crimson red.

General Warren statue at sunsetFifty years after the battle's end, the former Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, later promoted to Brigadier General, would again visit this bloodstained ground. In powerful prose written shortly before his death, the Union commander captured the meaning of this place on that day.

"I went, it is not long ago, to stand again on that crest whose one day's crown of fire has passed into the blazoned coronet of fame...I sat there alone, on the storied crest, till the sun went down as it did before over the misty hills, and the darkness crept up the slopes, till from all earthly sight I was buried as with those before. But oh, what radiant companionship rose around, what steadfast ranks of power, what bearing of heroic souls. Oh, the glory that beamed through those nights and days...The proud young valor that rose above the mortal, and then at last was mortal after all." [2,A]

General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 1913
"Through Blood and Fire at Gettysburg"
on his visit to the Little Round Top
at Gettysburg Battlefield