Driving Tour

Visitor's Center
Museum and Visitor Center located on the Baltimore Pike. The new building, which opened in April 2008, featuring items from Civil War and Gettysburg artifacts, and restored Gettysburg Cyclorama.

McPherson's Ridge
McPherson's Ridge, in the early hours of the Battle of Gettysburg, Union General Buford's Cavalry Division battled the Confederates under General Heth.

Railroad Cut
The Railroad Cut, where Union men under General Cutler moved near the new railroad cut and met Confederate General Davis' troops. The Confederates, who surrended, were pushed into the cut.

Oak Hill
Oak Hill provided a good line of battle for the Confederacy on the first day of battle. The southerners under General Rodes began their assault on the Union at McPherson's and Oak Ridges.

Oak Ridge
General Robinson's Union troops were stationed here on Oak Ridge and held their line against the men of General Rodes, who hammered them with artillery from Oak Hill.

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Eleventh Corps Line
Troops of the Eleventh Corps Line rallied against General Doles' Confederates. Doles' men quickly returned to fight again, and the Eleventh Corps responded to the challenge.

Seminary Ridge
During the second and third day of the battle, southern troops found a stronghold on Seminary Ridge.

Pitzer Woods
Pitzer Woods, where General Longstreet's Confederates were secreted in these dense woods. When soldiers under General Sickles patrolled this area, they found themselves face to face with the enemy.

Longstreet's Headquarters
Longstreet's Headquarters, close to the spot where this faded marker stands, Confederate General Longstreet set up his temporary headquarters on the second day of battle.

Warfield Ridge
Warfield Ridge, Southern General Hood initiated his attack against Union lines, and in the woods yonder, General Longstreet had more soldiers concealed.

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Little Round Top
Little Round Top, Governeur K. Warren, Union, immediately noticed the significance this rocky hill could play in battle, and soon both Union and Confederate were aware of this fact.

Devil's Den
A million-years-old formation of boulders, Devil's Den is a sight to behold: especially when one discovers the terrible price paid by those boys in blue and gray who defended it.

The Wheatfield
The massive attack in the "Bloody Wheatfield" lost thousands of casualties, including Confederate General Semmes and Union General Zook, who were both wounded.

Peach Orchard
A peach orchard belonging to farmer Joseph Sherfy was used as a haven for Union artillery batteries, and these batteries ceaselessly attempted to drive back the enemy.

Trostle Farm
The Abraham Trostle farm served as the location for General Daniel Sickles' Union headquarters. This farm was evacuated quickly when word of the battle came, and the Trostle family fled.

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Cemetery Ridge
Cemetery Ridge attracted southern gunmen as a position that was not guarded; and a door to the Union line. General Meade, stationed new troops toward the ridge, but the Confederates held.

Culp's Hill
Culp's Hill, The Union made this hill into a good network of breastworks and prepared for battle. Early on July 2nd, Union men were alerted to the presence Confederate General Johnson's division.

Spangler's Spring
Spangler's Spring, near Culp's Hill Johnson's men fought with the 2nd Mass. and the 27th Indiana, and they charged the Confederates on the morning of July 3 and suffered tremendous losses.

East cemetery Hill
East Cemetery Hill, as the battle raged on at McPherson's Ridge on July 1, 1863 where the Union lost. The Evergreen Cemetery was part of the battlefield in 1863 and sustained many bullet holes during the battle.

Pickett's Charge
After 3 days of battle, Pickett with over 15 thousand veterans, mostly from Virginia and North Carolina, marched across a mile of field into the blazing guns of Union forces.

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High Water Mark
The High Water Mark, a focal point of the Confederate advance, symbolizing the point where the hopes of the Confederacy had started the decline to the end of the war.

Ziegler's Grove
Ziegler's Grove, a small grove of trees on the northern end of Cemetery Ridge was held by General Alexander Hays' Division. Next to the grove is the Brian farm and farm buildings.

East Cavalry Field
The East Cavalry Battlefield at Gettysburg is east of Gettysburg.The two of the most colorful men of the time, General James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Stuart, and George Armstrong Custer, fought here.

Camp Letterman
Camp Letterman was once the largest field hospital ever built in North America. 1,200 men were buried on site at Camp Letterman.

Soldier's National Cemetery
To honor those Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg, a "Soldier's Cemetery" was established. It was here that President Abraham Lincoln gave the "Gettysburg Address".

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