Apr 9



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on Barlow’s Knoll, in the area of the statue to Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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 the ninth 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.

In our tenth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey described the arrival of artillery on the Eleventh Corps line and the initial position of the Second Brigade of the Third Division of the Eleventh Corps.

In our eleventh post, Stuart Dempsey gives brief sketches of some Third Division units of the Eleventh Corps including the 74th Pennsylvania, the 61st Ohio, and Wheeler’s 13th New York Battery.

In the twelfth Eleventh Corps post, Stuart presented stories of the 82nd Illinois Infantry Regiment, the 157th New York Infantry Regiment, and the 119th New York Infantry Regiment.

In our thirteenth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey shows us the monuments to the 82nd Ohio Infantry Regiment, the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, the 26th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, and the 58th New York Infantry Regiment.

In our fourteenth post, Stuart asked that donations be sent to save part of the Chancellorsville Battlefield, and he describes Francis Barlow, and Barlow’s Division.

In our fifteenth post, Stuart shows us the location of the Adams County Alms House and provides some background on Von Gilsa’s Brigade and Ames’ Brigade.

In our sixteenth Eleventh Corps post, Stuart speculated on why Brigadier General Barlow left his assigned position near the Alms House and moved to Blocher’s Knoll/Barlow’s Knoll.

In today’s post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey shows us the topography of Barlow’s Knoll and how the placement of monuments on the knoll doesn’t exactly match the locations where troops were positioned.



This map shows the location of where our Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#53 were shown on other maps on our previous posts. Video #54 was taken on Barlow Knoll by the monument to Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow. Video #55 was taken on the summit of the knoll. Video #56 was taken near the monument to the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This map was created facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

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In Video #54 (Videos #1-#53 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on Barlow Knoll near the monument to U.S. Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow. He recaps why Barlow moved his division to this knoll on July 1, 1863. This view was taken facing east to southeast to northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on Barlow Knoll/Blocher’s Knoll. Besides the War Department plaque telling us where we are, visible in this view is the flagpole erected by veterans to the 17th Connecticut Infantry Regiment, the guns representing Lieutenant Bayard Wilkeson’s Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery, and the left flank marker for the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Not very visible, but just above the trees, is the light green/light blue water tank marking Hospital Hill/Camp Letterman. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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In Video #55 Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on the “summit” of Barlow Knoll/Barlow’s Knoll. He shows us the terrain, and compares today’s topography to how this area appeared in 1863. This view was taken facing southeast to east to northeast to north to northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.



Stuart Dempsey is standing on Barlow Knoll near the monument to the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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In Video #56 Stuart Dempsey shows how the positioning of monuments on Barlow’s Knoll doesn’t exactly match the area where the soldiers were positioned on July 1, 1863. He specifically shows us what he believes is the true position of the 153rd Pennsylvania. This view was taken facing southwest to east to southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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