Sep 15

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith is the co-author of the book Devil’s Den, A History and Guide from Thomas Publications. He continues our look at Gettysburg Rock Carvings by showing us carvings in Plum Run Valley/The Valley of Death. Tim is poised on the Vincent Rock on the top of Little Round Top. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith begins a series on Gettysburg Rock Carvings. Tim is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1992. Tim is the Research Historian for the Adams County Historical Society, and has written numerous articles, booklets, and books about the Gettysburg area. Tim is the co-author with Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman of Devil’s Den, A History and Guide.

In our first post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith began our tour of Gettysburg Rock Carvings at Devil’s Den. He introduced us to the rock carvings and explained how the government chiseled away many of the rock carvings in 1894.

In our second post Tim showed us more items around the Table Rock area, and how the angle of the sun helps find rock carvings.

In our third post, Tim Smith showed us the most well-known carving at Devil’s Den, and how some people make sure that they stay at Devil’s Den forever.

In our fourth post Tim showed us carvings at the Elephant Rock, his ability to get on top of the Elephant Rock, and carvings on the Flag Boulder.

In our fifth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith showed us carvings in Plum Run Valley/The Valley of Death.

In today’s post, Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith shows us the Vincent Rock, the Hazlett/Weed Rock, and the Balancing Rock on Little Round Top.

See the following posts with Tim Smith:

ACHS Battle of Gettysburg Civil War Research Room on February 10, 2009.
Lutheran Theological Seminary Cupola Part 1 on February 12, 2009.
Lutheran Theological Seminary Cupola Part 2 on February 16, 2009.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for the Gettysburg Rock Carvings series. Video #1 was taken in the Slaughter Pen. Videos #2 and #3 were taken in the area of the “balancing rock” or “table rock” at Devil’s Den. Video #4 was taken in the passageway underneath the “table rock.” Video #5 was taken on the west side of the Table Rock. Video #6 was taken southwest of the Table Rock. Video #7 was taken near the left flank marker of Smith’s 4th New York Battery. Videos #8 and #9 were taken south of the wooden foot bridge over the “chasm” at Devil’s Den. Videos #10 and #11 were taken at the Elephant Rock. Video #12 was taken at the Flag Boulder. Video #13 was taken at the rock carving for the 4th Maine Infantry Regiment. Video #14 was taken at the rock carving for the 40th New York Infantry Regiment. Video #15 was taken on the Vincent Rock by the monument to the 44th New York Infantry Regiment. Video #16 was taken by the Hazlett/Weed Rock at the highest point of Little Round Top. Video #17 was taken at the Balancing Rock near the statue to Gouverneur K. Warren. This map was created facing north at approximately 7:00 PM on Friday, July 31, 2009.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith is standing on the Vincent Rock near the monument to the 44th New York Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

The Vincent carving. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

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In Video #15 (Videos #1-#14 were shown in our previous Rock Carvings posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith shows rock carving for the 4th Maine Infantry Regiment that Tim rediscovered in 1993. This view was taken facing southwest to southeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

A closer view of the Strong Vincent inscription. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

A closer view of carving where someone has tried to change the COL to GEN (Colonel to General). This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

The backwards “s” on the end of Corps. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith is standing by the Hazlett rock carving near the smaller monument to the 91st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

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In Video #16 Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith shows us the carving on the Hazlett/Weed Rock on the summit of Little Round Top. This view was taken facing north to northwest to northeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

A closer view of the Hazlett Rock Carving. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

On a rock north of and next to the Hazlett/Weed rock is a rock with some other carvings. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

A closeup of the letters on the rock north of the Hazlett Rock. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

A closeup of the circle and “US” on the rock north of the Hazlett Rock. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Tim Smith is standing near the “Balancing Rock” which is located east of the statue to Gouverneur K. Warren. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

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In Video #17 Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith shows us how the “Balancing Rock” still “rocks.” This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Tim Smith is the co-author with Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman of Devil’s Den, A History and Guide. It was first published by Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1997. This cover was scanned facing south at approximately 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

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