Although many individuals know the fields of Pickett’s Charge, fewer know the action which took place in those fields around the Bliss Farm. Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Elwood “Woody” Christ begins a series on the struggle for the Bliss Farm. His book, Over a Wide, Hot,…Crimson Plain: The Struggle for the Bliss Farm at Gettysburg, July 2nd and 3rd, 1863 was published by Butternut and Blue in 1993. Woody is a Gettysburg College graduate, and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 1982.
In today’s post we will concentrate on some terrain in the area of the Bliss Farm, specifically in what is now the subdivision, Colt Park.
In today’s post he continues his emphasis on the “broad flat knoll” which is Colt Park.
In today’s post he shows us the first positions of the United States troops that would be involved at the Bliss Farm. He also showed the route that many of them used to access the Bliss Farm from Cemetery Ridge.
In today’s post he takes us to the sites of the Bliss House and Barn.
In today’s post, the Confederate and United States soldiers arrive at the Bliss Farm area.
In today’s post he describes the beginning of the skirmishing at the Bliss Farm on July 2, 1863.
In today’s post he finishes describing the fighting on the second day.
On today’s post Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Woody Christ described some incidents on the skirmish lines the evening of July 2nd and early morning of July 3rd. He also tells how the 12th New Jersey occupied the Bliss buildings the morning of July 3, 1863.
In today’s post Woody described how the 14th Connecticut Infantry Regiment came out to the Bliss Farm to burn the buildings the morning of July 3, 1863.
In our final Bliss Farm post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Woody Christ describes the final action at the Bliss Farm the morning of July 3, 1863.