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The Peach Orchard was the exposed angle of Union General Daniel Sickles’ Third Corps line after his controversial advance on July 2nd. It stands on a small ridge about two-thirds of the way between Pitzer’s Woods and Cemetery Ridge.

Sickles felt that it dominated the ground he had been ordered to hold, but the extra ground he had to occupy as a result was far more than his corps could adequately cover. Longstreet’s attack in the afternoon resulted in desperate fighting for the area and Sickles’ position collapsed, resulting in near-disaster for the Union army.

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Tour map of the Peach Orchard on the Gettysburg battlefield

headquarters
3rd Corps
 • 3rd Corps, 1st Division • 3rd Corps, 2nd Division • 3rd Corps Artillery • Barksdale’s Brigade, McLaws’ Division, 1st Corps • Wofford’s Brigade, McLaws’ Division, 1st Corps

regimental and battery monuments
3rd Maine
 • 3rd Michigan • New York Battery G • 2nd New Hampshire • New Jersey Battery B • Pennsylvania Battery C • Pennsylvania Battery F • 63rd Pennsylvania • 68th Pennsylvania • 141st Pennsylvania • Rhode Island Battery E

battlefield farms
Wentz Farm

battlefield terrain feature
Peach Orchard