Devil's Den from the roof of the 44th New York

Looking west from the observation deck of the 44th New York monument shows the only visitor to Devil’s Den to be a Park Service vehicle, probably servicing the now-removed rest rooms. On the lower left corner of the photo the shadow of the tower of the 44th New York monument points to the monument to the 16th Michigan InfantryThe 16th Michigan is considerably downhill from the 44th’s monument, the distance made to seem greater by the photograph’s perspective from a second story roof. Warren Avenue, which runs through the saddle between Big and Little Round Top, is another 50 feet below the Michigan monument.

The 16th Michigan was the right flank of Vincent’s Brigade on the north slopes of Little Round Top, a line which extended off to the left and ended at the position of the 20th Maine. The 16th Michigan was under heavy pressure from front and flank, and it seems that an attempt to “refuse” its flank – to bend back its own right flank to counter Confederate attackers threatening to get behind it – turned into confusion. As part of the regiment moved to the rear Vincent rallied the rest to “not give an inch!”

He succeeded, the line held, and reinforcements soon arrived to extend the line and throw back the Confederate attack. But Vincent was mortally wounded, dying a few days after the battle.

Above and a little to the left of the 16th Michigan monument the white frame of the Slyder farmhouse peeks above the trees. Two other battlefield farms are visible, the Bushman farm above and slightly to the right of the Slyder farmhouse, and the Snyder farmhouse, above and a little to the right of the rocks of the Devil’s Den. The Snyder farmhouse is a little under a mile away at the intersection of Emmitsburg Road and present-day Confederate Avenue.

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