Saturday, March 1, 2008
44th New York Monument @ Little Round Top
Near the summit of "Little Round Top" on the Gettysburg battlefied is a monument to the 44 New York Infantry. The 44 th was located on the Union left on Little Round Top and was central to the fierce fighting that took place there on July 2 1863.
This is one of the larger monuments on Little Round Top. At the base of the silo there is an observation deck which is accessed via a spiral stairway inside the monument. From this deck you can see "Devils Den" ahead and to the left and to the right the "Peach Orchard" & "The Wheatfield" is visible, both of which were also sites of fierce combat.
Devils Den as seen from the 44th New York Infantry Monument.
I have done a fair amount of shooting in my time and I have to say it would be a good shot from Devils Den to the summit of Little Round Top with a modern firearm fitted with a scope in the hands of an average shooter. To think some of the confederate snipers and sharpshooters made effictive shots at this distance with muzzleloaders and open sights is mind boggling. You must remember, so many of the men were merely farmers and merchants and not professional soldiers.
I suppose a dependance on shooting to put meat on the table during peacetime also played a large part in their skills. Still, it is awe inspiring to imagine.