Apr 19



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing near one of the least visited monuments/markers at Gettysburg National Military Park. The marker is to the 54th New York Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 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 the seventeenth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey showed 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.

In the eighteenth Eleventh Corps post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey brought all of Adelbert Ames’ Brigade to the Barlow’s Knoll area, where they would be attacked by Georgians on July 1, 1863.

In today’s Eleventh Corps post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey shows the position of the 54th New York Infantry along Rock Creek, and “behind” them, the position of the 153rd Pennsylvania.



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. Videos #55-58 was taken on the summit of the knoll near Wilkeson’s Battery, and the monument to the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Video #59 was taken near the marker to the 54th New York. Video #60 was taken near Rock Creek. Video #61 was taken at the position of the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This map was created facing north at approximately 4:15 PM on Saturday, April 17, 2010.



The marker to the 54th New York Infantry. See our previous post on this marker on September 15, 2008. For a PDF version of Stuart Dempsey’s article on the 54th New York Infantry, which he wrote for the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides’ Battlefield Dispatch, click here. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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In Video #59 (Videos #1-#58 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing near the marker to the 54th New York Infantry Regiment. He shows us how the utility company has cut down branches on top of (till we removed them) and around the marker. This view was taken facing east to southeast to east at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on the south side of Rock Creek. He is pointing towards the red brick Josiah Benner House, which is barely visible through the trees that were not here in 1863. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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In Video #60 Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing on the south side of Rock Creek. He explains what happened to the 54th New York in this position as they were attacked by Confederate Brigadier General John Brown Gordon’s Brigade. This view was taken facing northeast to east to southeat to east to northeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey has now emerged from the trees along Rock Creek which were not here in 1863. He is standing in the open field on the northeast slope of Barlow Knoll. The 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry was positioned where Stuart is standing. They were to the right and left of Stuart, facing away from the camera, and towards Rock Creek. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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In Video #61 Stuart Dempsey is standing on the northeast slope of Barlow Knoll. He explains how the 153rd Pennsylvania made a fighting retreat up the slope and towards the summit of Barlow Knoll. This view was taken facing northeast to northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2010.

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