I’ve always been absolutely fascinated by Devil’s Den, and it has to do with a lot more than just the epic struggle that took place. I’ll admit, it’s the rocks. Where else can you touch boulders that have been jutting from the earth’s surface for millions of years? The rocks of Gettysburg have been a lifelong interest of mine. There seems to be no rhyme or reason . . . some flat, some round, some huge, some relatively small, popping up wherever they chose, with no apparent purpose. And why, one wonders, did the rocks of Devil’s Den “choose” to come up all together instead of spreading off in all directions? Why didn’t the boulders in the Plum Run ravine across the road grow into Devil’s Den instead of standing off by their lonesome? With appreciation for the Gettysburg boulders in mind, I offer two views of the Sharpshooter’s Nest!
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(1) Generic view of the area, with the Witness Tree visible
(2) Edge of the boulders showing the path through Devil's Den
PVT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PITTMAN
Co. C, 1ST North Carolina Infantry
Born 1832/35 --- Died September 14, 1863
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