The observation tower along Doubleday Avenue on Oak Ridge provides great views of the the battlefield north and west of Gettysburg that was the heart of the first day’s fighting.Looking south at Robinson Avenue from the observation tower on Doubleday Avenue on Oak Ridge.

(above) Looking southeast from the tower at Robinson Avenue. The steep drop off of Oak Ridge is clear from the photo. Mummasburg Road is on the left leading into Gettysburg The railroad, built after the battle, crosses the photo parallel with the lower part of Robinson Road. Visible inside the curve of Robinson road from right to left are the monuments to the 104th New York Infantry2nd Division of the 1st Corps, and 13th Massachusetts Infantry. Three hills that played a part in the fighting are visible in the distance. To the left above Mummasburg Road is Benners Hill, an important Confederate artillery position on July 2nd. In the center of the photo between the two church spires is Culp’s Hill, about two miles distant. And above the town on the right, with the irregular treeline, is Cemetery Hill, the center of the Union position on the 2nd and 3rd day s of the battle.

DoubledayWest1-DSC03637(above) View west from the tower. Two monuments on Buford Avenue are just visible in front of the tree line in the distance: the 6th New York Cavalry on the far right, and the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry just to the right of the center. The area in the middle distance was where Confederate Brigadier General Alfred Iverson’s Brigade was surprised and annihilated on July 1st, known as Iverson’s Pits after the brigade’s dead were buried there.