A View from Little Roundtop at Gettysburg Art Print
Little Round Top is the smaller of two rocky hills south of Gettysburg PA—the companion to the adjacent, taller hill named Big Round Top. It was the site of an unsuccessful assault by CSA troops against the Northern Army's left flank on July 2, 1863, the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Lee's famous drive into Union territory. General Lee knew the war needed to be moved North and out of the South. His loss at Gettysburg put his drive into Union territory at an end though. Some historians think that if Lee would still have had General Stonewall Jackson at his side, the outcome at Gettysburg might have had a different outcome. Jackson had been mortally wounded by an accidental shot by his own men shortly before Gettysburg. Of the 2,996 Union troops engaged at Little Round Top, there were 565 casualties (134 killed, 402 wounded, 29 missing); Confederate losses of 4,864 engaged were 1,185 (279 killed, 868 wounded, 219 missing).
Considered by some historians to be the key point in the Union Army's defensive line that day, Little Round Top was defended successfully by the brigade of Colonel Strong Vincent. The 20th Maine Regiment, commanded by Col. Chamberlain and Adj. Maj. Melcher, fought the most famous engagement there, culminating in a dramatic downhill bayonet charge that is one of the most well-known actions at Gettysburg and maybe even the entire Civil War.
Inventory #41 - Civil War Art Prints