Confederate High Tide at Little Round Top

Tom Elmore

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Rice’s men stop Robertson and Sheffield again at the southwestern base of Little Round Top. On the north slope, retreating Federals fall back through their own lines, with their pursuers not far behind. Two guns of Battery C, 3rd Massachusetts come under Confederate control, while four guns of Battery L, 1st Ohio north of the road try to hold back the foe with double canister. The time is 7:15 p.m. on July 2.

They [the men] advanced boldly over the ground strewn with the bodies of their dead and dying comrades” – Major J. C. Rogers, 5th Texas.

I placed at his (Rice’s) request two of my regiments in the rear of Rice’s line and formed two others covering his left flank” – Colonel Joseph W. Fisher.

At this time, it looked serious to us on Little Round Top; we felt that everything depended upon the ability of our forces to drive the enemy from the position they had gained” – Henry Cribben, 140th New York.

The Confederates attacked vigorously … firing as they advanced … We greeted them with round after round of musketry, and it was impossible for them to make headway” – Member of the 146th New York.

“[Captain William J.] Moorhead [of the 17th U.S. Regulars] … passed through the regiment to the field hospital” – Member of the 155th Pennsylvania.

The rebels had advanced as far as the swamp [marshy ground along Plum Run] at the foot of this hill [Little Round Top], and were a good deal disorganized” – Major William R. Hartshorne, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (Bucktails).

We remained in this position until our immediate front had got clear of the broken lines of blue coats that were pressing to the rear closely followed by the exultant rebels, who were yelling and screeching as none but rebs could” – Andrew J. Deming, Company D, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (Bucktails).

We drove [the enemy] down a slope to a small creek [Plum Run] across which they bounded in a twinkling, fleeing up the rock hill [Little Round Top] to our right and front … we were met by a withering blast of musketry” – Captain James L. Lemon, Company A, 18th Georgia.

Going a little way up the rocky slope … everybody, officers and men, seemed to realize that we could not carry the position, the enemy outnumbering us probably ten to one” – Captain George Hillyer, 9th Georgia.

“[We] drove them to the foot of the big mountain [Little Round Top]” – Private W. T. Laseter, Company H, 11th Georgia.

About twenty of the enemy were with us [prisoners] behind the rock … some of these men said they belonged to the 10th Georgia … they were ordered to advance” – Sergeant Major George W. H. Stouch, 11th U.S. Regulars.

Our front was hardly clear when the irregular, yelling line of the enemy put in his appearance, and we received him with double charges of canister” – Captain Frank C. Gibbs, Battery L, 1st Ohio Artillery.

Sources:
-Official Reports of Maj. J. C. Rogers, Capt. Frank C. Gibbs.
-Round Top Again, by Joseph W Fisher, National Tribune, April 16, 1885.
-The Military Memoirs of Captain Henry Cribben of the 140th New York Volunteers, ed. by J. Clayton Youker, 1911.
-Campaigns of the One Hundred and Forty-Sixth Regiment New York State Volunteers, comp. by Mary Genevie Green Brainard, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1915, p. 120.
-Under the Maltese Cross, From Antietam to Appomattox [155th Pennsylvania].
-Letter of Maj. William R. Hartshorne to Bachelder, July 16, 1866, Bachelder Papers, 1:265.
-Bucktails at Gettysburg, by Andrew J. Deming, National Tribune, February 4, 1896, p. 3.
-Feed Them the Steel,” Being, the Wartime Recollections of Capt. James Lile Lemon, Co. A, 18th Georgia Infantry, Mark H. Lemon, 2016.
-The Battle of Gettysburg, by George Hillyer, Address Before the Walton County Georgia Confederate Veterans, August 2nd, 1904, From the Walton Tribune.
-Letter of Capt. George W. H. Stouch to Evan M. Woodward, April 26, 1887, Papers of Evan Morrison Woodward, 1862-1897, Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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