Why Little Round Top “Rocks”
When you think about ancient boulders on the Gettysburg battlefield, you probably think of Devil’s Den. In truth, Little Round Top has the same kind of massive rocks. On the first photo you can see the haphazard way boulders are piled on top of each other, and I like this view because of the 155TH Pennsylvania poking up in the distance. Beyond, to the left, lies Emmitsburg Road and Cemetery Ridge. How many soldiers stepped on these rocks? Did they take notice of particular cracks, ridges, and crevices as they waited to meet the enemy? That’s the sort of thing I love to ponder.
View #2 showcases more of the surrounding area . . . the hill where part of the 4TH New York Battery was put to good use, Crawford Avenue (center), Wheatfield Road (at far right), and of course, the Zouave fellow from the 155TH Pennsylvania again. (He’s not very social, is he? Always has his back turned whenever I take a photo). The views from Little Round Top are amazing; I feel very glad that the only “observation deck” in the vicinity is the 12TH/44TH New York monument, as any other kind of tower would drastically reduce the beauty of the area. Now if only those invasive plants would beat a hasty retreat!
PVT. WALTER WILLIAM KOON
Co. I, 15TH South Carolina Infantry
Born October 05, 1837 --- Died July 10, 1863 at age 25
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