South Tower


Longstreet's original attack was planned along the line of the Emmitsburg Road, with the Cemetery Ridge as its objective. The known union position was at Cemetery and Culp's Hills, facing North. While the Second Day attack is often described as a flanking attack, it was conceived as an attack into the Union rear. Alas, due to a poor reconnaissance, Longstreet and Lee were unaware of Union troops in The Hole or on Little Round Top. These would have been in position to stop and potentially flank a thrust up Emmitsburg Road. Sickles' advance to the Peach Orchard, however, made the Union presence obvious. Any Confederate thrust against Cemetery Hill from the South would clearly have to deal with this advanced line.

Panning Right.

Right some more... The Round Tops.

And right again.

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