Little Round Top has always been one of my favorite places on the Gettysburg battlefield. It provides such a different perspective . . . the view is incredible, and the sheer weight of history is overwhelming. This photo was taken from Crawford Avenue near Devil’s Den and shows the hill in its entirety. The men of Hood’s Texas Brigade, along with other determined Southerners, would have seen a similar view on July 2nd. Contemporary photographs show a Little Round Top that looked much like this, explaining why the trees in the distance haven’t been cut down like many trees on other parts of the battlefield.
A quick “monument search” reveals quite a few. At far left center is the monument to Battery L, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (note the cannonballs on top). The tall statue monument toward the left of the photo is the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while the shorter monument to its right belongs to the 146th New York Infantry. The next visible monument is the tall shaft in the center of the photo, the 91st Pennsylvania Infantry. The “castle” monument” dedicated to the 12th and 44th New York Infantry can be seen toward the right of the photo, and the 140th New York Infantry / Colonel O’Rorke memorial is just to the left of that. In the center far right of the photo, not visible on the smaller size, is the 16th Michigan Infantry.
CPT. RICHARD WISTAR DAVIDS
Born 1825 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 38
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