The Deadly Sharpshooters

The Deadly Sharpshooters (HM9OO)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Buy Pennsylvania State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 39° 47.525', W 77° 14.203'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites

July 2, 1863 - Second Day

"The sharpshooters also began their deadly work, and the sharp zip - p-i-n-g-g-g - of the spiteful rifle ball, more dangerous than its larger brother, added to our perils."
Capt. <blurred> G. Carter, U.S.A.
22nd Massachusetts Infantry

Little Round Top's large rocks and the stone breastworks thrown up during the battle, protected Union soldiers here from Confederate sharpshooters in and around Devil's Den across the valley. Also, the rocks provided secure firing positions for Union sharpshooters.

A Civil War sharpshooter using a rifle equipped with a scope could kill an enemy soldier at 1,000 yards. The Confederate sharpshooters at Devil's Den were only 500 yards from here.

Union sharpshooters and infantry crept on hands and knees to avoid flying lead. For officers, it was more difficult to keep down. Brig. Gen. Stephen H. Weed, commander of the second Union brigade to arrive on the scene, fell mortally wounded by a sharpshooter's bullet here July 2. When Lt. Charles E. Hazlett, commander of the cannon to your left, answered the call of the dying Weed, a bullet penetrated his brain, and he fell dead in Weed's lap.
HM NumberHM9OO
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 10:21am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308487 N 4407074
Decimal Degrees39.79208333, -77.23671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.525', W 77° 14.203'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 31.50" N, 77° 14' 12.18" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122 Sykes Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?