Oct 19



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is the host for our series on the Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg. He is standing in the lane of the McLean Farm on the slope of Oak Hill. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 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 in our first post, Stuart introduced himself and showed us some of the routes that the 11th Corps took as they approached the Gettysburg Battlefield.

In our second post he brought Major-General Howard to the Peach Orchard, and showed the route that two of Howard’s divisions took to get to Gettysburg.

In our third post he described the reasons Howard found Cemetery Hill and thought it was an important position. Howard also wanted to get a closer look at the fighting to the west and north of town. He moved into the town for that look.

In our fourth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey showed us the view from the top of the Fahnestock Building on an overcast day.

In our fifth post, Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey showed us that after his visit to the Fahnestock Building, Major-General Howard returned to Cemetery Hill and issued orders for other units to come to Gettysburg. Stuart also introduced us to the positioning of the Eleventh Corps on the fields north of town.

In our sixth post, Stuart gave some background about the men who made up the Eleventh Corps, and their desire to perform well after the Battle of Chancellorsville in May, 1863.

In our seventh post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey described command changes in the corps on July 1, 1863, and when the first units of the Eleventh Corps arrived on the field.

In our eighth post, Stuart Dempsey showed us the advance of four companies of the 45th New York Infantry Regiment towards the McClean Barn on July 1, 1863.

In today’s post, Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey showed us the fighting around the McLean Farm and the position of monuments of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Eleventh Corps.



This map shows the location of where our Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#20 were shown on other maps on our previous posts. Video #21 was taken by the marker for the Third Division of the Eleventh Corps. Video #22 was taken in the fields southeast of West Howard Avenue. Video #23 was taken near the monument to the 45th New York Infantry Regiment. Video #24 was taken southwest of the monument to the 45th New York Infantry Regiment. Videos #25-#26 were taken in the replanted Heagy Orchard near the Mummasburg Road. Videos #27-#28 were taken at the McClean Farm. Videos #29-#30 were taken near West Howard Avenue. This map was created facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

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In Video #27 (Videos #1-#26 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is in the McClean Farm lane. He shows us the position of the 45th New York in relation to the Confederates at the McClean Farm. This view was taken facing south to northwest at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing near a small marker to the 45th New York Infantry Regiment located on the lane to the McLean Farm. The four companies under Captain Irsch first attacked Alabamians in the McClean Farm from the hedgerow in the background. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.



A closer view of the marker to the 45th New York. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

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In Video #28 Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is still in the McClean Farm lane. He shows how O’Neal’s Brigade advanced along Oak Hill/Oak Ridge toward the Union First Corps. The 45th New York attacked the Alabamians and captured some in the McClean Farm buildings. He also tells us the story of the Schwarz brothers meeting here. This view was taken facing northwest to south to northwest at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.



Stuart Dempsey is south of West Howard Avenue. The monument to the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment is to the right of Stuart. The monument to the 61st Ohio Infantry Regiment is to the right of the 74th Pennsylvania. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

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In Video #29 Stuart Dempsey is again near West Howard Avenue. He describes the arrival of the rest of the First Brigade of the Third Division, Eleventh Army Corps. This view was taken facing northwest to northeast to southwest at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.



Stuart Dempsey is pointing to the area where the First Brigade (George von Amsberg’s) of the Third Division of the Eleventh Corps fought on July 1, 1863. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

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In Video #30 Stuart Dempsey explains the position of the monuments to the Eleventh Army Corps on July 1, 1863 compared to where the soldiers actually fought. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

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