After his troops had endured several charges, Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain decided that a countercharge might catch the Confederates off guard. This painting depicts the 20th Maine's desperate bayonet charge down the slopes of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gerrysburg.

Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Joseph Sherfy purchased a fifty-acre farm along the Emmitsburg Road about a mile south of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1842. At the time of the battle, the farm included the famous Peach Orchard to the south of Wheatfield Road as well as both Big and Little Round Tops and the Devil's Den.

Image: Photograph taken from the air above Cemetery Ridge, year unknown

Sherfy Farm buildings (upper left) and the Peach Orchard (lower …Read More...

Hotly Contested Area on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Image: Bliss Farm
Markers in the distance honor the men who fought here and deliniate the site of the William Bliss Farm that once existed here. Mid-left, in front of the trees, honors the 14th Connecticut Infantry. The clump of earth behind it is the remains of the earthen ramp that once led into the Bliss Barn. To the right is the 12th New Jersey Infantry marker. On the far right, out …Read More...

Civil War Nurse from New York

Image: Sophronia Bucklin
Nurse at Camp Letterman General Hospital
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Born in New York State in 1828, Sophronia Bucklin was a seamstress before the war, but put aside her needle and thread to nurse wounded Union soldiers. In her memoirs, In Hospital and Camp: A Woman's Record of Thrilling Incidents among the Wounded in the Late War (1869), Bucklin recorded her experiences. Eager to do her part for the war effort, …Read More...

General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg

Image: Thompson House before the Battle of Gettysburg

This one and a half story stone house sits on Seminary Ridge, west of the town of Gettysburg, on the north side of the Chambersburg Pike. On July 1, 1863 General Robert E. Lee established his headquarters here. It was an ideal location, at the center and rear of the Confederate battle lines.

Anna Mary Long was born on November 12, 1793 near Littlestown, Pennsylvania. …Read More...

Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield

John Slyder married Catherine Study in Carroll County, Maryland on September 25, 1838, and the couple soon moved to Gettysburg. In the 1840s the Slyders resided on South Washington Street in town, and John went into business with a local potter named Edward Menchey.

An 1847 an advertisement in the Adams Sentinel also listed Slyder's house as a pick-up and drop-off location for a woolen manufacturing business. Citizens looking to have woolen goods manufactured at …Read More...