National Park Service black bar with arrowhead logo
NPS History E-Library
 
 

Civil War Series

The Battle of Gettysburg

   

JULY 2, LATE AFTERNOON—LONGSTREET ATTACKS

At 4:30 P.M., after an artillery duel that was particularly hard on the infantry near the Peach Orchard, Hood rode to the front of the Texas Brigade, stood in his stirrups, and shouted, "Fix bayonets, my brave Texans; forward and take those heights." Hood's division pushed off, and soon afterward Hood fell with a serious wound. Instead of wheeling left along the road. Hood's division had to move straight toward "those heights" to avoid leaving Federal troops near Devil's Den and, perhaps, on the Round Tops in its rear. As the regiments on his right pursued Federal skirmishers over Round Top, Hood's center struck Sickles's heft at Devil's Den. The hot fighting began there and spread left into Rose's Woods in front of the Wheatfield. In the meantime, Brig. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, Meade's chief engineer, had ridden to Little Round Top and discovered that it was undefended and could be seized by Hood. He sent for troops to man the hill, and Sykes made one of his Fifth Corps brigades available for the task.

A PERIOD SKETCH DEPICTING GENERAL G. K. WARREN AT THE SIGNAL STATION ON LITTLE ROUND TOP (BL)
Previous Top Next


 

History and Culture