Trapped in the Cut

Trapped in the Cut (HM9YT)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 50.294', W 77° 14.864'

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July 1, 1863 - First Day

"Surrender, or I will fire."
Lt. Col. Rufus R. Dawes, U.S.A.
6th Wisconsin Volunteers

The railroad cut visible in front of you was the scene of a dramatic engagement on the first day of the battle.

On the morning of July 1, a Confederate attack crushed the Union line here, sending the surviving Federals streaming back toward town (to your left). But shortly thereafter, Union units counterattacked, forcing a number of the Southerners to take cover in the railroad cut in front of you.

Despite deadly Confederate fire from the cut, Union infantry led by Lt. Col. Rufus R. Dawes and Col. Edward B. Fowler crossed the turnpike in front of you, climbed the fence there, and charged the cut. Although many were shot in the attempt, the charging Federals reached the edge of the cut and shouted, "Throw down your muskets!" Trapped between the steep slopes, about 230 Confederates surrendered.
HM NumberHM9YT
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 7:43pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307673 N 4412220
Decimal Degrees39.83823333, -77.24773333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 50.294', W 77° 14.864'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 50' 17.64" N, 77° 14' 51.84" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18-26 Reynolds Ave N, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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