Gettysburg’s Little Round Top Reopens

After two years of restoration, Little Round Top reopened to the public on Monday, just in time for next week’s 161st anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.

My son Maxwell and I stopped by on Tuesday evening for a walk around. We parked in the gravel lot down by the John Sedgwick Memorial Port-a-Potties at the intersection of Sykes Ave., Sedgwick Ave., and Wheatfield Road, in the saddle between Little Round Top and Munshower’s Knoll.

In order to give you the chance to take a look around for yourself, I want to let my pictures do the talking. This is not intended as a comprehensive tour of LRT but, rather, a “first look” for you.

You can follow our route thus: we walked up from the parking lot along a new path through the woods, crossed over the newly paved road, walked up to the area around the statue of Gouverneur K. Warren, walked along the crest of the hill, climbed the 44th NY’s castle, walked down to the site of Strong Vincent’s mortal wounding, walked over to the 20th Maine monument, then walked up the reverse slope of the hill past the new parking area to complete our loop and head back to the car.

You can learn more about the rehabilitation project from the Gettysburg Foundation.

As a bonus, here are a few pix passed along by ECW co-founder Kris White that explain some of the work at LRT, made possible by major funding from the American Battlefield Trust, the Gettysburg Foundation, and the National Park Foundation.

13 Responses to Gettysburg’s Little Round Top Reopens

  1. Thank you for these photos! I am surprised at the rebuilt stone walls near the 20th Maine’s monument.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Chris. Great pics! I can’t wait to get back up there, though I appreciate these visual nuggets until I can return and savor it all myself.

  3. Thank you so much. Did they make a better trail down to the NY121st monument? I can’t wait to visit again now.

  4. Chris, as always your thoughtfulness shines through. I really did enjoy the sharing of the pictures and the time with you 9 year old son. What is must be like to have a living historian for a dad.

  5. Wonderful photos. The best views I’ve seen of Little Round Top as I have never been there but have read many, many books about the Civil War. Thank you!

  6. Chris, just another Great review to “stuff” under your belt! And just in-time for me: Gettysburg trip in late Aug!! NOW, even more excited b/c I knew the work was going on, so thanks for putting my my at ease…….
    Looking forward to your talk up here in Buffalo

  7. Hello. Chris, I live in Gettysburg, and join you in your enthusiasm for the work.that’s been done on. our precious. Little Round Top!! Your photos are spot on! I was prompted to look you up after just getting off the phone with a dear friend of mine and one of your professors from Bradford, PA…Vince Kohler.

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