This is, I think, the quintessential Devil’s Den: The witness tree at left, still bare from winter, lords over the primordial diabase boulders. Table Rock dominates the scene. Part of Houck’s Ridge, adorned with its own mysterious rocks, can be seen at center right. I’m a big fan of Gettysburg photos without any modern trappings, showing exactly how a scene would have looked in 1863. This photo *almost* reached that point (save for the tourist path at bottom left).
For the sake of comparison, below is a photo of this same group of boulders in 2003. It’s amazing what tree removal can do!
PVT. GILBERT LEWIS, JR.
Co. A, 47TH North Carolina Infantry
Born 1840/41 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 22
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