These Then-And-Now pictures bring together some of the more unforgettable pictures of post-battle Gettysburg with modern versions taken from the same location as the originals. For many, these photographs conjure feelings of awe and amazement along with sadness and despair. These feelings are often magnified when visitors realize they can stand on the same ground – and see the same things – that Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan, James Gibson, and others did when they took their unforgettable images in 1863, 1913, and 1938. It is with these unforgettable photographs in mind, and a nod to the men whose timeless images evoke such strong emotions, that we bring you this page. This is our attempt to look back through the windows of time.
Sketch Artist Alfred Waud in Devil's Den
Alfred Waud sits perched on a rock in Devil’s Den, overlooking the second day’s battlefield in front of him. Library of Congress.
The central boulder and surrounding boulders identify the exact spot where Waud sat in 1863. NPS Photo.
Confederate Dead near Plum Run in the Slaughter Pen
Two dead Confederate soldiers lie on the bank of a small pond, surrounded by large boulders. Library of Congress.
The modern photograph of this area reveals the Plum Run footbridge and the slope of Little Round Top in the distance. NPS Photo.
Posed Scene in the Slaughter Pen
A number of men posing as dead soldiers lie across and underneath rocks in the Slaughter Pen. Library of Congress.
The modern photo shows the same rocks, the now-wooded summit of Little Round Top in the background. NPS Photo.
Confederate “Sharpshooter” near Devil’s Den, Gardner Stereo #263
A dead soldier lies in front of rocks near Devil’s Den. Library of Congress.
The same rocks near Devil’s Den are unassuming today. NPS Photo.
Confederate “Sharpshooter” in Original Location near Devil’s Den
A dead Confederate soldier lies amidst debris near Devil’s Den, with a gun and hat near his head. Library of Congress.
The rock formations near Devil’s Den remain unchanged in a modern photo of this location. NPS Photo.
“Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter”
A dead Confederate soldier lies behind a stone fortification, a gun propped against the rocks next to him. Library of Congress.
The same location today shows little change. NPS Photo.
Staged Photo at Devil's Den
This view of Devil's Den also shows the western slope of Little Round Top in the distance to the right. Library of Congress.
This modern view of Devil's Den also shows the western slope of Little Round Top in the distance to the right. NPS Photo.
Confederate Dead near the Edge of the Rose Woods, Gardner Stereo #257
This view looks southwest, away from the Rose Woods. Three dead soldiers lie next to a large rock. Library of Congress.
The distinguishing marks on the large rock are still visible today. NPS Photo.
Confederate Dead near the Edge of the Rose Woods, Gardner Stereo #235
A group of Confederate dead lie near the edge of the Rose Woods. Library of Congress.
A large split rock provides a reference point for the location of the original photograph. NPS Photo.
Confederate dead near the edge of the Rose Woods, Gardner Stereo #256
A group of dead Confederate soldiers lay in a field near the Rose Woods. This view faces north. Library of Congress.
The boulder in the foreground and dome shaped boulder in the background provide a reference point for where the camera tripod stood in 1863. NPS Photo.
Little Round Top
Little and Big Round Top from the Valley of Death
A photo of Little and Big Round Top, facing southeast. Photographer Matthew Brady can be seen leaning against a tree in the left foreground. Library of Congress.
From today’s viewpoint, not much has changed other than the amount of growth on and near the Round Tops. NPS Photo.
Summit of Little Round Top
Little Round Top was the scene of intense fighting on July 2, 1863. From its summit looking northward, one could see much of Gettysburg, including the Codori farm, Oak Hill, the Brian farm, the “Copse of Trees” and the Wheatfield Road. Many of these place Library of Congress.
A view from Little Round Top today. The Pennsylvania Memorial can be seen in the distance. NPS Photo.
Fortifications on Little Round Top
Natural and manmade fortifications built by Union troops on July 2, 1863 on the southern slope of Little Round Top. Library of Congress.
Three or four large boulders act as landmarks for the original photo. Although the area is heavily trod, remnants of the stone barricade can be seen to the right of the photo. NPS Photo.
91ST PA MONUMENT – 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1913
Veterans and friends pose in front of the 91st Pennsylvania monument on Little Round Top. Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg report of the Pennsylvania Commission.
The monument as it stands today at the summit of Little Round Top. *NOTE: The asphalt plaza surrounding the 91st PA Monument was installed by the CCC in the 1930’s and subsequent work by the NPS built the base up to the bottom stone of the monument. NPS Photo.
BRIG. GEN. GOUVERNEUR K. WARREN monument – 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1913
Veterans examine the monument to General Warren on the summit of Little Round Top. Behind them stands the monument to the 91st PA. American Press Association – Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg report of the Pennsylvania Commission.
General Warren stands unchanged over a century later. The 91st PA monument behind him acts as a reference point to help align the ‘Then’ photo to the ‘Now’ photo. NPS Photo.
Trostle House with dead horses from Bigelow's Battery
The historic picture of the Trostle house, held up in the center of the modern picture, shows numerous dead horses from Bigelow's Battery. Library of Congress.
The modern picture of the Trostle house is partially obscured by a large tree. The monument to Bigelow's Battery can be seen on a rock between the house and the road. NPS Photo.
TROSTLE BARN with Dead Horses from Bigelow’s battery
The carcasses of dead horses from Bigelow’s 9th Massachusetts Battery can be seen scattered across the yard of the Trostle farm. Library of Congress.
The only sign remaining from the battle is a large hole in the brick gable of the barn left by a cannonball. NPS Photo.
Buildings and Farms
Matthew Brady and his assistant look upon the McPherson farm buildings – July, 1863. Gettysburg National Military Park
The McPherson barn is the only remnant of the farm today. The home burned down in 1895 and the center wagon shed no longer stands. NPS Photo.
LUTHERAN Theological SEMINARY
A photographer’s assistant sits on a fence, looking up at the Lutheran Theological Seminary building. Library of Congress.
The seminary and the ground before it looks much like it did in 1863. A few additional buildings surround the seminary. NPS Photo.
EVERGREEN CEMETERY GATEHOUSE
Despite heavy fighting in the area, the gatehouse suffered only moderate damage. Library of Congress.
Today, the gatehouse is largely the same as it was in 1863 with the exception of an addition on the right side of the building. NPS Photo.
HOME OF BASIL BIGGS & FAMILY
Basil Biggs, his family, two horses and a dog can be seen standing on Taneytown Road in front of their home and barn. Adams County Historical Society.
The original Biggs home can still be seen standing along the Taneytown Road today. The barn is not original. NPS Photo.
Meade's Headquarters: Lydia Leister House
The Lydia Leister house is where Union General George G. Meade made his headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg. Library of Congress.
This modern day picture looks north along the Taneytown Road. The Lydia Leister house is obscured from view by a large tree. NPS Photo.
1913 REUNION - 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
ANNIVERSARY ATTENDEES LOUNGE ON THE PENNSYLVANIA MEMORIAL STAIRS
Veterans and others can be seen lounging on the stairs and lower level of the Pennsylvania Memorial at the 50th Anniversary in 1913. International News Service – Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg report of the Pennsylania Commission.
The Pennsylvania Memorial on Cemetery Ridge sits unchanged, the only piece missing from the ‘Today’ photo being the mass of veterans. NPS Photo.
VETERAN AND BOY AT THE PENNSYLVANIA MEMORIAL
A veteran, Francis A. Culin, sergeant of the 68th PA Infantry, Company F, points to his name on a tablet on the base of the Pennsylvania Memorial as a young boy looks on.
The thousands of names listed on the tablets around the base of the Pennsylvania Memorial can still be read very clearly today. NPS Photo.
HIGH WATER MARK OF THE REBELLION monument
Veterans gather around the High Water Mark monument. International News Service – Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg report of the Pennsylania Commission.
The High Water Mark monument pictured today. In the background are the monuments to the 72nd and 71st Pennsylvania infantry.. NPS Photo.
VETERANS VISIT THE MONUMENT TO GENERAL GEORGE GORDON MEADE
Veterans gather around the monument to General Meade on Cemetery Ridge. The Ziegler’s Grove observation tower can be seen in the distance. International News Service – Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg report of the Pennsylania Commission.
The Meade statue stands on Cemetery Ridge. The Ziegler’s Grove observation tower was taken down to make way for the Cyclorama building that opened in 1963. NPS Photo.
1938 REUNION - 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
VETERAN POINTS TO SCENE OF PICKETT’S CHARGE FROM THE POSITION OF CUSHING’S BATTERY
Gathered at the monument to Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, a veteran from California points with his cane to the scene of Pickett’s Charge while three other veterans look on. The Last Reunion of the Blue and Gray by Paul L. Roy.
The monument to Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery stands where the veterans gathered in 1938. NPS Photo.
VETERANS SHAKE HANDS Across the Stone WALL on cemetery ridge
A Confederate veteran and a Union veteran shake hands over the stone wall on Cemetery Ridge. The top of the 1st Delaware infantry monument can be seen above the heads of the Union veterans on the right of the picture. The Last Reunion of the Blue and Gray by Paul L. Roy.
The stone wall and the 1st Delaware monument act as reference points. Much is the same as 1938 with the exception of the partially collapsed stone wall and rehabilitated Brian farm buildings in the background. NPS Photo.
Last updated: August 13, 2019