Nov 15

The view of Culp’s Hill from East Cemetery Hill. The photographer was standing near the Baltimore Pike. The earthworks in the foreground are on the southern slope of East Cemetery Hill. The earthworks mark the position of Gilbert Reynolds’ Battery I, 1st New York Light Artillery. This image was taken facing east circa July, 1863 and is courtesy of Stuart Dempsey.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is our host for a series on the Eleventh Army Corps during the Battle of Gettysburg. Stuart had two relatives in the Eleventh Corps (73rd Ohio Infantry Regiment) and both were killed/mortally wounded at Gettysburg. They are both buried in the National Cemetery. Stuart has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2004.

In addition to tours at Gettysburg National Military Park, Stuart also conducts tours at other historic sites in North America and Europe. He invites you to have a look at his website: www.battlegroundhistorytours.com.

Previous entries in the Eleventh Corps series can be found here.

In today’s Eleventh Corps post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey discusses the position of Ames’ Division on East Cemetery Hill and the positions of the First Corps Artillery.

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This map shows the location of where our Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#114 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts. Video #115 was taken on East Cemetery Hill near the wall that separates Wiedrich’s Battery from Cooper’s Battery. Video #116 was taken on the east slope of East Cemetery Hill. Video #117 was taken near the Hancock equestrian monument. This map was created facing north at approximately 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 12, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is the host for our Eleventh Corps series. He is standing on East Cemetery Cemetery Hill. Culp’s Hill is in the background. The monument at the bottom of the hill, near Wainwright Avenue, is to the 41st New York Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:45 PM on Friday, November 4, 2011.

In Video #115 (Videos #1-#114 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on East Cemetery Hill. He explains the explains the position of Ames’ Division on East Cemetery Hill, and some of the artillery positions. This view was taken facing east to northeast to east to southeast to northeast to east at approximately 4:45 PM on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on East Cemetery Hill. Behind Stuart, and at the bottom of the hill is Wainwright Avenue. Brickyard Lane would have been on the other (east) side of Brickyard Avenue in this area. The monument in the left background is to the 68th New York Infantry Regiment. The Benner’s Hill area is to the right of the light green water tank in the left background. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:45 PM on Friday, November 4, 2011.

In Video #116 Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on the east slope of East Cemetery Hill. He explains the how Brigadier General Adelbert Ames sent the 41st New York Infantry Regiment and the 33rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment to the fields east of East Cemetery Hill when the Confederates began attacking Culp’s Hill the evening of July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing east to northeast at approximately 4:45 PM on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Stuart Dempsey is standing on East Cemetery Hill in the shadow of the Hancock equestrian statue. The Baltimore Pike is in the background. The white and stone house in the center background is the McKnight House. Evergreen Cemetery is in the right background. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:45 PM on Friday, November 4, 2011.

In Video #117 Stuart Dempsey is standing near the summit of East Cemetery Hill. He describes how Colonel Georg von Amsberg’s brigade was moved from the area of what is now the National Cemtery towards Culp’s Hill on the evening of July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing southwest to south to east to southwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Friday, November 4, 2011.
George von Amsberg was born in Hildesheim Lower Saxony in 1821 (though one source claims 1817, his headstone says otherwise). He commanded a cavalry regiment in the Austro-Hungarian army, and supported the failed 1848 revolution. Von Amsberg emigrated to the United States in the 1850s. He lived in Hoboken, New Jersey where he worked as a riding instructor at the outbreak of the Civil War. Von Amsberg raised 45th New York Infantry in 1861, and served as temporary commander of 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Corps at Gettysburg. He died in 1876 and is buried in Weehawken Cemetery, North Bergen, New Jersey. This image was taken circa the 1860s and is courtesy of Stuart Dempsey.
There are not yet any histories of the Eleventh Corps that are in print. Here is the autobiography of Oliver O. Howard, who commanded the Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg. For ordering information, click here.

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