Fortress Cave B&W Then and Now

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Black and white then and now of Gardner's photo dubbed "Fortress Cave" by William Frassanito. This area was apparently occupied by Confederate soldiers on July 3rd as it is out of the line of sight of Union troops on LRT. The vertically stacked firewood may have been gathered by the soldiers to boil their coffee. Also, seen in the photo is a dead soldier laying with his head towards the camera wearing a typical slouch hat. The rock wall is the border of the Tri-field. In addition, under magnification, the Timbers' barn can be seen in the distance.
 
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Black and white then and now of Gardner's photo dubbed "Fortress Cave" by William Frassanito. This area was apparently occupied by Confederate soldiers on July 3rd as it is out of the line of sight of Union troops on LRT. The vertically stacked firewood may have been gathered by the soldiers to boil their coffee. Also, seen in the photo is a dead soldier laying with his head towards the camera wearing a typical slouch hat. The rock wall is the border of the Tri-field. In addition, under magnification, the Timbers' barn can be seen in the distance.
I guess you mean the wall across the middle distance of my photo? If so, was it taken from this side or the opposite side?
 

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Black and white then and now of Gardner's photo dubbed "Fortress Cave" by William Frassanito. This area was apparently occupied by Confederate soldiers on July 3rd as it is out of the line of sight of Union troops on LRT. The vertically stacked firewood may have been gathered by the soldiers to boil their coffee. Also, seen in the photo is a dead soldier laying with his head towards the camera wearing a typical slouch hat. The rock wall is the border of the Tri-field. In addition, under magnification, the Timbers' barn can be seen in the distance.
Thanks for sharing these views!
 
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The large rectangular rock located just under the "C" in Greg's Fortress Cave verbiage is the original location of the body moved to Sharpshooter Nest.

Note the stone wall ends just above the "T" in Fortress. You can easily follow that stone wall to find both the Fortress Cave and the rock where Gardner first took the dead body photo before dragging the body to the nest.
 

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I would have never known it was there wow. I will be their in 3 weeks I just bought William Frassanito's book plan to bring it with me.
I'm hoping to be there around the second week in April myself, if things go right! Frassinito's book helped me find locations of photos taken by Alexander Gardner of the dead Confederates here in and near Devil's Den the last time I was there.
 
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Thanks for posting this Greg! I arrived in Gettysburg today to check on some improvements done on my house on Baltimore St. Remembering your post, I drove to the Den to look for Fortress Cave to look for it. I saw what looked like it but wasn't sure. The ground looked impassable from the sharpshooters nest. So I walked to the Bennings Brigade marker and found a foot path down to the trolley line, then walked NW until I saw what I thought was it and hiked uphill to it. There it was! I forgot to bring a camera! Then I returned uphill to the sharpshooters nest which from that view looked less impassable than from above.
 

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