Slaughter at Spangler's Spring

Slaughter at Spangler's Spring (HM8TG)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.867', W 77° 13.013'

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July 3, 1863 - Third Day

"It is murder, but it's the order. Up men, over the works. Forward double quick."
Lt. Col. Charles Mudge, U.S.A.
2nd Massachusetts Infantry

This glade surrounding Spangler's Spring had been a favorite picnic-ground. But on July 2 axes rang and stones rolled as soldiers of the Union Twelfth Corps built breastworks of logs, rocks, and earth extending from here 1/2 mile north to the top of Culp's Hill and beyond.

Late on the 2nd, the Federals here were ordered south to assist with the crisis near the Peach Orchard and Little Round Top. In their absence, Confederates of Ewell's Second Corps crossed Rock Creek and occupied a portion of their breastworks. About midnight the weary Union soldiers returned to find much of their trench line in enemy hands.

About 4:00 a.m. the battle along the breastworks began, and for the next several hours the foes struggled to dislodge each other. About 7:00 a.m., two Union regiments positioned across the meadow behind you - the 2nd Massachusetts and 27th Indiana - were ordered to take the breastworks on the wooded slopes in front of you. Obeying the suicidal order, they charged into the galling fire of well-concealed Confederate marksmen. Of the 655 Federals engaged 242 were killed or wounded.

A line of breastworks may be seen along the drive to the top of Culp's Hill. These were built after the war to mark the locations of the soldiers original breastworks.
HM NumberHM8TG
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 310247 N 4409514
Decimal Degrees39.81445000, -77.21688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.867', W 77° 13.013'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 52.02" N, 77° 13' 0.78" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 42-60 Colgrove Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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