"by the skin of our teeth"

"by the skin of our teeth" (HMLOX)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.873', W 77° 13.849'

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On July 1, 1863, Gettysburg's center square was the eye in the storm of panic and confusion that swirled in the town's streets and alleys as the routed Union 1st and 11th Corps fled toward the safety of Cemetery Hill.

Some Union soldiers rallied here in an attempt to stem the Confederate pursuit. Union artillery deployed nearby and sent "grape shot" flying across the square. The relentless Confederate pressure, however quickly drove the defenders further down Baltimore Street.

The pursuing Confederates took possession of the square and poured deadly fire along the streets into their fleeing foes.

Col. Gilbert Prey, commander of the 104th New York whose regiment survived the hailstorm of bullets, recalled getting through the town "by the skin of our teeth."

Over 3,000 of his comrades were not so fortunate.
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg, Inc
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309101 N 4411405
Decimal Degrees39.83121667, -77.23081667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.873', W 77° 13.849'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 52.38" N, 77° 13' 50.94" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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