The Valley of Death
The ground spread before us figured prominently on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. This is the view as seen from the top of a small rocky prominence known as Little Round Top. Union forces had dug in here, after Union General Goveneur Warren had climbed Little round top to the position now occupied by his statue at image right and realized the strategic significance of the position. Also realizing this, the Confederate Commander, General Robert E. Lee ordered General John Bell Hood's division to assault and take control of Little Round Top. Hood's Texans approached from the distant treee line and first attacked the jumbled cluster of rocks and huge bolulders at left center, a place that would become known as the Devil's Den. After realingning his division, Hood then set out to capture Little Round Top, but by this time, The Union forces here had dug in well, forming low breatswirks of stone and rock and they delivered a determined resistance. Despite repeated charges, Hood's men were unable to take the hill. In the course of the battle, Hood was struck in his arm, which rendered it useless for the rest of his life. The terible toll in men killed and wounded here led to many of them hereafter referring to this area as the Valley of Death.
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