The Wheatfield and the Stony Hill
at Gettysburg


These pictures were taken in June.  The field today no longer has wheat growing in it.  Areas that were not cultivated are also covered with underbrush, such as the Stony Hill.  In 1863, roaming farm animals would have prevented it from growing.


Standing in the Wheatfield, looking North at Trostles Woods.  These are the woods the 52nd passed through on its way to the Wheatfield, and where the fields previous defenders had retreated to.


Standing in the Wheatfield, looking at the part of the Stony Hill closest to the Wheatfield Road, which is off to the right.  The 3rd Brigade would have moved from right to left, with the 52nd, 57th and 66th NY regiments moving through the wheat itself, and the large 140th Pa. stretching over the Stony Hill and onto the level ground behind it.


Looking West at another portion of the Stony Hill.  The 3rd Brigade would have continued moving left, about perpendicular to the camera, across the Stony Hill


The view West across the fields of the Rose farm, on the level land on top of the Stony Hill.  The Peach Orchard is off in the distance.  The 140th Pa. moved left through these fields, until a brigade of Confederates coming directly at the camera outflanked the brigade, contributing to the 1st Divisions collapse.


Monument marking place of Zooks wounding, looking south.  It is right along the Wheatfield Rd.  On the monument is "To the memory of Samuel Kosciusko Zook.  Brevet Major General US Vols. who fell mortally wounded at or near this spot gallantly leading his brigade in battle July 2, 1863.  Erected by Gen. Zook Post No. 11 GAR of Norristown Pa.  July 25, 1882."

 

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