LITTLE ROUND TOP—THE KEY TO GETTYSBURG.
A "slaughter pen" at Gettysburg. On this
rocky slope of Little Round Top, Longstreet's men fought with the Federals in
the second day's conflict, July 2, 1863. From boulder to boulder they wormed
their way, to find behind each a soldier waiting for the hand-to-hand struggle
which meant the death of one or the other. After the battle each rock and tree
overshadowed a victim. The whole tangled and terrible field presented a far more
appalling appearance than does the picture, which was taken after the wounded
were removed. Little Round Top had been left unprotected by the advance of
General Sickles' Third Corps. This break in the Federal line was discovered by
General Warren just hi time. Hastily procuring a flag, with but two or three
other officers to help him he planted it on the hill, which led the Confederates
to believe the position strongly occupied and delayed Longstreet's advance long
enough for troops to be rushed forward to meet it. The picture tells all too
plainly at what sacrifice the height was finally held.