Though I knew very little about them just a few years ago, I recently found myself very interested in the tale of Hood’s Texans at Gettysburg and subsequently nurtured a fascination for Triangular Field. Here the Texans, Arkansans, Alabamians, and Georgians launched their attack and began their charge. There’s something about the area that definitely lends itself to a “haunted” feel, and even in the height of day, the barren, rock-strewn field appears quite ominous.
One of the things I like best about this photo is that the scene is much the same as it would have been in July 1863. Though the fence likely isn’t original, there was probably a fence here. The boulders (one is seen partially in the foreground), trees, and scrub brush all appear authentic. Though I’m no expert on how Triangular Field looked in 1863, I believe the view would have been similar.
Hood’s Texans (at least the 1ST Texas) moved up toward Houck’s Ridge and Devil’s Den by coming up in or near the trees (Rose Woods, seen on the right). The undulating field in the distance was the scene of the 124TH New York’s daring charge directly into the Southern line of fire. Just above the photo’s topmost viewpoint is Warfield Ridge.
There’s no time of day when Triangular Field appears more “haunted” or, by contrast, more “normal.” The area has a strangely-blended aura of foreboding and peace; and visitors can definitely attest to that fact.
PVT. JOSHUA J. CREWS
Co. K, 8TH Florida Infantry
Died July 25, 1863
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