View of steven's Knoll looking east. The monument to Captain Greenlief T. Stevens' 5th Maine Battery is on the left, while the equestrian statue to Major General Henry Slocum peeks out from behind the tree to the right.

View of Steven’s Knoll looking east. The monument to Captain Greenlief T. Stevens’ 5th Maine Battery is on the left, while the equestrian statue to Major General Henry Slocum peeks out from behind the tree to the right.

Stevens’ Knoll is a small hill that lies between Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill southeast of Gettysburg (39.8192°, 77.2247; Google map; Tour map: Steven’s Knoll area). Until the Battle of Gettysburg it was known as McKnight’s Hill, but ever since has been named after Captain Greenlief T. Stevens, whose 5th Maine Battery occupied the knoll after its retreat from Seminary Hill on July 1st. During the Confederate attack on East Cemetery Hill on the evening of July 2nd Stevens’ Battery “poured a terrible fire of double canister” into the left flank of Hays’ and Hoke’s Brigades, according to acting 1st Corps commander General Abner Doubleday.

Today the 5th Maine Battery monument shares the knoll with the equestrian statue of Major General Henry Slocum, whose Twelfth Corps defended Culp’s Hill with the help of the First Corps survivors on July 2nd and 3rd. (See the monument map of the Stevens Knoll area)