Jul 11



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is the host for our series on the Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg. He is standing northwest of the Moritz Tavern near the Pennsyvania/Maryland line. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.

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 today’s post, Stuart introduces himself and shows us some of the routes that the 11th Corps took as they approached the Gettysburg Battlefield.

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This map shows the location of where our Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#3 were near the site of the Moritz Tavern. Video #4 was taken approximately 400 yards north of the Moritz Tavern where a road connected the Emmitsburg Road to the Taneytown Road in 1863. This map was created facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

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In Video #1 Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey introduces himself. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.



The Moritz Tavern was chosen as a headquarters for First Corps commander Major-General John F. Reynolds because it was at the junction of… This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.



…the Emmitsburg Road which led to Gettysburg to the right (north) and Emmitsburg to the left (south)… This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.



…and the Bullfrog Road which leads to Fairfield to the northwest. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.

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In Video #2 Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey discusses our location, the corps in Reynolds’ left wing, and discusses a meeting in the tavern between Reynolds and Eleventh Corps commander Major-General Oliver Otis Howard. This view was taken facing northwest to southeast to south at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.



The light blue color of Mount Saint Marys, overlooking Emmitsburg, Maryland, is approximately three miles behind (south of) Stuart. This view was taken facing south at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.



Stuart Dempsey has now moved north of the junction with Bullfrog Road to a point on the Emmitsburg Road six miles south of Gettysburg. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.

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In Video #3 Stuart Dempsey tells us that General Howard plans to place his three divisions on multiple roads so that they can reach the Gettysburg area as quickly as possible. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.



Stuart shows us what he believes is the old road trace connecting the Emmitsburg Road to the Taneytown Road that two of the divisions in the Eleventh Corps took on the morning of July 1, 1863. This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.

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In Video #4 Stuart shows us how one division (Barlow) continued north up the Emmitsburg Road, and the divisions of von Steinwehr and Schurz went east on a road that is now not very visible. The road lead to what at the time of the battle was known as Horner’s Mill and is now known as Barlow. This view was taken facing south to north to east at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday, June 29, 2009.

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