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Round Tops: The Fight for Little Round Top


The Fight for Little Round Top


As Hood's Confederates swept into the Devil's Den and the fighting spread, Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren surveyed the scene from the top of Little Round Top to the east. Finding no Federal troops on Little Round Top he dispatched aides to seek troops to defend the hill. Col. Strong Vincent's brigade of the fifth corps arrived on the hill just minutes before it was assaulted. Vincent was killed as were Brig. Gen. Stephen Weed and Col. Patrick O'Rorke who also responded to Warren's call. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the 20th Maine regiment fought a desperate battle against Col. William Oates' Alabamians on the southern face of the hill, culminating in a countercharge led by Chamberlain which drove the Confederates off. Chamberlain's regiment was later posted on the top of Big Round Top where they remained for the rest of the day.



(7-01) Looking northeast toward the crest of Little Round Top from Warren Ave. 44th NY monument is the "castle" at top

(Wartime) Same view as in previous photo. Union breastworks on side of the hill



(7-01)  Detail 83rd PA. Gen. Strong Vincent, brigade leader, is at top

(7-01) Gen. Strong Vincent. Vincent was mortally wounded during the fighting on Little Round Top on July 2, 1863
Vincent tablet

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