The Peach Orchard Salient

The Peach Orchard Salient (HM8DC)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.062', W 77° 14.93'

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— July 2, 1863 - Second Day —

"Sickles's movement practically destroyed his own corps...; and with what result? - driving us back to the position he was ordered to hold originally."
Maj. Gen. George C. Meade, U.S.A.
Commander, Army of the Potomac

On the morning of July 2, Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles was assigned a position 3/4-mile to your left near Little Round Top. That afternoon - without orders - he advanced his 10,000-man Union Third Corps, part of it taking position on this high ground around John Sherfy's peach orchard. Sickles believed it was a stronger position.

At the Peach Orchard, Sickles' mile-long line formed a sharp angle, or salient. About 5:30 p.m., following a hot artillery duel, Confederate infantry led by Brig. Gen. J.B. Kershaw attacked the Peach Orchard by way of the Rose Farm (to your left), but were shredded by rapid rounds of Union canister.

About 6:00 p.m., Confederate infantry of Barksdale's and Wofford's Brigades struck the Peach Orchard from the west (in front of you), "Shrieking like Indians," the Rebels drove the Union defenders back toward Cemetery Ridge. Sickles' salient was crushed.
HM NumberHM8DC
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 2:00am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307475 N 4408093
Decimal Degrees39.80103333, -77.24883333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.062', W 77° 14.93'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 3.72" N, 77° 14' 55.80" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27-73 Birney Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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