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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Messersmith’s (or Shetter’s) Woods

Part of a series.  Travelers that make the pilgrimage to Gettysburg via Route 30 East may not know that they are driving atop the very road traversed by Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia before the battle. As Lee moved north into Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863, he used the Cumberland […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Acheson Rock

Just north of Little Round Top, amidst a grove of trees, lies a boulder with a simple inscription on it: “D.A. 140 P.V.” That stands for David Acheson, 140th Pennsylvania Volunteers. The boulder served as Acheson’s temporary grave until his family arrived to retrieve his body on July 15, 1863. However, it also served as […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Arcadia and Prospect Hall

Major General George Gordon Meade settled into bed on the night of July 27, 1863 after a long day in the saddle. He and his V Corps of the Union Army of the Potomac had completed a hard march from northern Virginia to Frederick, Maryland. After ordering the men to bivouac along the banks of […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The 17th Connecticut Flagpole

One of the most frequent questions I receive is, “If you’ve been to Gettysburg so many times, haven’t you seen everything already?” Of course, the answer is no—but it hasn’t stopped me from trying. One of the most helpful sources to explore Gettysburg’s “off the beaten path” locations has been Kris White’s ECW series of […]

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ECW Weekender: Gettysburg Off The Beaten Path

Heading to Gettysburg this weekend or in the near future? We’ve pulled Kris White’s series Gettysburg Off The Path from the archives for the weekender feature. If you’re looking for some unique stories and places to explore at Gettysburg, this is for you! And if you’ve visited some of these places, leave a comment and […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The “Wounding” of Richard Ewell

Part of a series. Arguably the most criticized member of the Confederate high command at Gettysburg was 46-year-old Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell. Ewell assumed command of the Confederate Second Corps prior to the Gettysburg Campaign, and after the death of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. At the August 28, 1862, Battle of Groveton, […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Bliss Farm

Part of a series. Just like many farms on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the roughly 60-acre farm of William and Adeline Bliss lay in the no-mans land of the Gettysburg battlefield, and in the midst of the battle, the Bliss barn and home were deliberately set ablaze.* Making the farmstead a battle casualty in its own […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The First Shot Marker

Part of a series. On the morning of July 1, 1863, the men of Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s division strode confidently toward the town of Gettysburg. Heth was a recent addition to the Army of Northern Virginia, having served at brigade and temporary division command at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Since Chancellorsville, General Robert E. […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Josiah Benner Farm

Part of a Series. On the north side of Rock Creek, and along the west side of the Harrisburg Road, sits the Josiah Benner Farm. At the time of the battle, the farm encompassed 123 acres of the Gettysburg battlefield. On the afternoon of July 1st, 1863, men of the Union 11th Corps established a […]

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