View from the Signal Corps rock

The small Signal Corps detachment on Little Round Top had a grandstand view of the movements of the armies on July 2nd. The had watched Sickles’ Third Corps move forward from its positions along Cemetery Ridge and advance right to left across the landscape you see in the photo, with the left flank anchoring itself on Houck’s Ridge, just across the valley. They saw McLaws’ Confederate Division advancing along Black Horse Tavern Road two miles in the distance and reported it to Meade’s Headquarters at the Leister House, where there was another Signal Corps detatchment. And they probably watched in concern as the line of Confederate artillery along the treeline in the distance opened fire late in the afternoon, and large groups of Confederates began moving in this direction.

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