Oct 12
Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is the host for our program on Berdan’s Sharpshooters. He is standing by the Slyder Lane, where the cameraman is standing. In the background is the Houck’s Ridge/Devil’s Den area. A section of Little Round Top is visible in the right background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:15 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is our host for a series on the 2nd United States Sharpshooters. Gar is a retired police officer from Columbus, Ohio (25 years on the force), and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2006. He still lives in Ohio. Gar’s first visit to Gettysburg was 25 years ago and he was “hooked.” He had to come back every year on what his wife called Gar’s “Annual Mecca to Gettysburg.”

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In our first post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips introduces us to the series on the 2nd United States Sharpshooters and shows where they were first deployed at Gettysburg.

In our second post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips provides some background of the qualifications to be a sharpshooter and shows us their targets (10 inches in diameter) at 100 yards and 200 yards.

In the third United States Sharpshooters’ post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips showed the positions of the 2nd United States Sharpshooters along the Slyder Lane.

In today’s United States Sharpshooters’ post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips shows how the 2nd United States Sharpshooters retreated from the Slyder Lane to the Round Tops.

This map shows the location of where our United States Sharpshooters videos were produced. Videos #1-#9 were shown in our previous Sharpshooter posts. Video #10 was taken at the John Slyder Farm. Video #11 was taken oon South Confederate Avenue at the foot of Little Round Top. Video #12 was taken on South Confederate Avenue on the bridge crossing Plum Run. This map was created facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, October 3, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is standing along the Slyder Lane, which is partially visible on the right section of this image. Big Round Top is in the right background. The 2nd United States Sharpshooters were positioned here on July 2, 1863 mostly facing towards the camera position. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:15 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

In Video #10 (Videos #1-#9 were shown in our previous posts, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is standing near the Slyder Lane. He shows how the 2nd United States Sharpshooters fell back towards the areas of Big Round Top and Devil’s Den. This view was taken facing east to southeast to northeast to southeast at approximately 5:15 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is standing along South Confederate Avenue. The red vehicles in the background are climbing Big Round Top. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:15 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

In Video #11 Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is standing by South Confederate Avenue. He explains the difficulty that the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment experienced as they pursued the 2nd United States Sharpshooters over Big Round Top. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:15 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Gar Phillips is standing on the South Confederate Avenue Bridge which crosses Plum Run. Yes this is the bridge with the dinosaur footprints. This image was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:15 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

In Video #12 Gar Phillips is standing on the South Confederate Avenue bridge which crosses Plum Run. He explains what happened to the 22 men of the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment who were sent to get water for the regiment before they attacked the Round Tops. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:15 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.
A short, easy to read book on Berdan’s Sharpshooters is Roy M. Marcot’s U. S. Sharpshooters: Berdan’s Civil War Elite from Stackpole Books.
Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips quotes from Wyman S. White’s Diary. The complete diary covers many of the eastern theater battles from the beginning of the war, except for South Mountain and Antietam.

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