East Cemetery Hill - Gettysburg, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 49.298 W 077° 13.651
18S E 309357 N 4410334
Quick Description: This preserved battlefield was a pivotal turning point in the Civil War. The battlefield is located across from the Gettysburg National Cemetery which was constructed as a direct result of this battle due to the high loss of life.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2010 10:05:14 AM
Waymark Code: WM9P2M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Long Description:

There are many independent battlefields which make up the Battle of Gettysburg. This battlefield is one of the most prolific and deadliest. It is across the street from the National Cemetery. The beginning of the battlefield and down the slope is littered with endless memorials and monuments, each state paying tribute to is individual brigades, their dead and their heroic deeds. All of the battlefields in Gettysburg have been mostly preserved. Some have gone under the developers knife. They all fall under the auspices of the Gettysburg National Military Park

Beyond the slope and down the rise there is a road (Waynewright Avenue) which runs perpendicular and leads to a school off to the left and to the right, to other monuments. Beyond this is the preserved battlefield. It is closed off to the public. It is overgrown with natural landscaping, perhaps as it was in July of 1853. There are fortifications present on the edge as there might have been during the battle.

The Gettysburg national Military Park website has a fantastic account of those three days on Cemetery Hill. Here is an excerpt: Cemetery Hill is one of the premier landmarks of the battlefield, situated on the southern edge of Gettysburg overlooking the town and immediate area south of it. Originally known as "Raffensberger's Hill", its more well known name began in 1858 when Evergreen Cemetery was established on the summit. Both Union and Confederate commanders referred to this height as Cemetery Hill during the battle.

For an entire accounting of that day and the northern victory go HERE

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