East Cemetery Hill

East Cemetery Hill (HM96O)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.174', W 77° 13.49'

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July 2, 1863 - Second Day

"The enemy stood with a tenacity never before displayed by them, but with bayonet, clubbed musket, sword and pistol, and rocks from the wall, we cleared the heights and silenced the guns."
Maj. Samuel McD. Tate, C.S.A.
6th North Carolina Infantry

About dusk on July 2, two Confederate infantry brigades of Early's Division appeared in line of battle on the rolling pastures below you to the right. Their objective was East Cemetery Hill, 1/4 mile in front of you. Union cannon here and on the hill raked them with shell, shrapnel, and canister, but they pressed on under the cover of smoke and falling night.

Union troops waiting behind stone walls at the base of the hill became unnerved at the approach of the 2,500 men in gray. Some fled up the hill, while others surrendered. Crushing all resistance, the 9th Louisiana and 6th North Carolina regiments stormed the Union artillery batteries at the crest near the cemetery gatehouse, and captured several cannon.

The Confederates had breached the Union line, but other Confederate units expected to attack in concert had not. The isolated Southerners soon faced the blazing muskets of Union reinforcements, who forced them to retreat down the slope in the dark. The "keystone" of the Union line had been saved.

HM NumberHM96O
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309581 N 4410099
Decimal Degrees39.81956667, -77.22483333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.174', W 77° 13.49'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 10.44" N, 77° 13' 29.40" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1942 Slocum Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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