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Fortress Cave B&W Then and Now

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by Gettysburg Greg, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Gettysburg Greg

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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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    Thanks for posting this one @Gettysburg Greg, I have not seen this image before, and therefore it is new to me.
     
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    Honestly did not know this is where Fortress Cave is. Thanks for the sweet lesson, Greg!
     
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    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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    Thanks for sharing these views!
     
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    Yes, this side, these rocks can be seen at the left of your cool photo.
     
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    Greg can you get to this area by taking the old trolley path from the Rose woods?
     
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    Yes, I believe so-here is a map showing the location relative to the sharpshooter 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.
     
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    Looking from behind the snipers pit I think this is the spot.
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    I believe that is a different rock formation, the FR is further to the right out of frame of your photo.
     
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    Yeah its hard to tell with the undergrowth, cant locate the rock wall.
     
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    When I get back to the computer I will expand the Google map to show more landmarks and pot for you. Want to make sure you can find it.
     
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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'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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