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THE Gettysburg Gun-Battery B, First Rhode Island

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by Gettysburg Greg, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Tom Elmore

    Tom Elmore First Sergeant

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    Here's my take on the action (attached) at the moment the "Gettysburg Gun" was captured, 7:05 p.m., July 2. I show the gun in red since it temporarily belonged to the Confederates. One other gun of the battery was also abandoned in front of the gap in the wall (the gap is still there). That little patch depicted in front of the 59th New York is rough ground (stones, briers, etc.). Those dots behind the 69th Pennsylvania represent men of the 15th Massachusetts and 82nd New York who have been driven back from the Emmitsburg Road.
     

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  3. Gettysburg Greg

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    That seems to line up with the gun marker shown in my photo-thanks for posting-great map.
     
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  4. Scott F

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    I think this is the same cannon in this old stereo. I have seen a Tipton copy of it as well. Cannon.jpg
     
  5. Bee

    Bee 1st Lieutenant Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2017

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    A Hal Jespersen Map! I love these. If anyone is not familiar with this collection, check out this website -- the definitive source for concise, easy to read, easy to understand maps. I have most of these saved.

    Thank you again for the presentation!
     
  6. Tom Elmore

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    Hal Jespersen is doing the completed versions of my rough drafts of unit positions around the battlefield, at frequent time intervals - above map is one such example of an initial draft. Over 40 maps have been done thus far, with another 100 or more to come. He also prepares the base maps, updated with my input on terrain features, like that rough patch of ground. I hope to have a book of these maps published in the future. I have 10 maps alone covering that same portion of Cemetery Ridge to show the fighting between 6-8 p.m. on July 2. Hal does a great job and is very accommodating.
     
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  7. Bee

    Bee 1st Lieutenant Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2017

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    Puh-LEEEZE let us know when this book is available! I have been muddling along trying to print them with my colorless printer, and placing them in protective sleeves :smile: It would be nice if the book format was such that it could be carried around on the battlefield. I repeat: the Jespersen maps with your content are my absolute favourites!
     
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  8. Wallyfish

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    Those maps are very well done. I save the "free ones" on my IPad for use on the battlefield. They are quite useful in explaining the troop movements plus I can never recall all the engaged regiments. I use those maps as well as book maps while watching Gettysburg Battle Walks on PCN. BTW, PCN didn't show any battle walks over the holidays.

    Likewise I have been saving the Library of Congress high resolution Gettysburg then photos on my IPad as well.

    Those maps are a very important tool. Thank you.
     
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  9. James N.

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    I tend to prefer his for most of the features I create here on the forums like the recent one on Stones River.
     
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  10. Yankeedave

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    I read recently of a reb who said of day 3 the yanks were about a hundred yards west of those defending the main line the wall. the yanks fought breifly with the rebs at the road then fell back behind the main line. Same defenders on both days using the same tactics?
     
  11. rpkennedy

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    The remnants of the skirmish line, most likely. I thought that they were gone by the time the Confederates came into range but there may have been some stragglers who fired a couple shots before heading back to the ridge.

    Ryan
     
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  12. Yankeedave

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    I agree. Everything gets magnified in war. on day 2 the advance spot had up on line arty support. altho the material was available on day 3, no gun was used? What ever the case it's on Hancock's front, and the command will adapt.
     

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