Thursday, September 11, 2008
Artillery on Little Round Top - Gettysburg
Cannons of Battery L, First Ohio Artillery, point toward Confederate positions from the rocky north end of Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Artillery hastily brought by hand to the rough ground here helped solidify the crumbling Union line on the second day of fighting. "So rapidly were the guns worked that they became too hot to lay the hand on," reported Capt. Frank C. Gibbs. He continued: "But for the position of the battery, and the gallantry with which it was handled by the men, I have no doubt the enemy would have accomplished his purpose of breaking our lines at this point, and possibly changed the fortunes of the day." (Click image for larger view).