Devil's Den and the Slaughter Pen

Devil's Den and the Slaughter Pen (HM9SO)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 47.488', W 77° 14.515'

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July 2nd 1863 - Second Day

"Awful, awful rocks!!"
For weeks after the battle, a delirious Alabama soldier suffering from his wounds repeated these words

The labyrinth of boulders and crevices in front of you was known to local residents as "Devil's Den," a name that would become famous in the history of the Civil War. The rocky gorge to your left and behind you earned the name "Slaughter Pen" for the great number of Confederates killed there.

Late on the afternoon of July 2, Confederates of Hood's Division captured Devil's Den and the ridge above here in a bloody struggle that lasted an hour and a half. Devil's Den then became a nest of Confederate sharpshooters who took aim at Union officers and men on Little Round Top behind you to the right. The sniping continued until the end of the battle on July 3.

As historic photos demonstrate, the rocks of Devil's Den and the Slaughter Pen have changed little since the time of the battle. A trail beginning here winds up through the boulders 1/10 mile to the top of Devil's Den and a fine viewpoint of Little Round Top.
HM NumberHM9SO
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 12:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308040 N 4407016
Decimal Degrees39.79146667, -77.24191667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.488', W 77° 14.515'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 29.28" N, 77° 14' 30.90" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2324-2422 Sickles Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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