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Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Triangular Field is one of those places on the Gettysburg battlefield that seems somehow “eerie”, at least in my opinion, and it has nothing to do with ghosts. Somehow upstaged due to its proximity to the infamous Devil’s Den, it has a more mysterious vibe, forgotten by time. These shots help to show just how the field would have looked in July 1863. The first photo shows a boulder that was undoubtedly used as cover by Confederates as they charged the slope toward Houck’s Ridge; there’s an ongoing debate as to whether the stone wall is original or not. I would guess there was a wall there at the time but that this particular wall was probably reconstructed at a later date.

The second photo shows part of Triangular Field and Rose Woods, which calls to mind the beautiful stone Rose farmhouse located a relatively short distance away. This is one of those photos I like because so little has changed. Though the trees are fairly young, the boulders haven’t changed position from 1863, and a stone wall, whether this one or an older version, would have likely stood at the same spot. The men of the Texas Brigade moved alongside this same woodlot as they headed for Devil’s Den.


Co. B, 82ND New York Infantry

Born March 06, 1841 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 22

Sgt. Lee enlisted in April 1861and had fought in over a dozen engagements by the time his regiment made the long march to Gettysburg. Just a few months earlier he had survived a bout of typhoid fever. He was killed during the second day of battle and was later buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery . . . his stone simply says, “Sergt. L. H. Lee.”

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