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Devils Den, Gettysburg

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#11 of 145 in Nature in Pennsylvania
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Devil's Den is a boulder-strewn hill on the south end of Houck's Ridge at Gettysburg Battlefield, once used by artillery and infantry (e.g., sharpshooters) on the second day of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. A tourist attraction since the memorial association era, several boulders are worn from foot traffic and the site includes numerous cannon, memorials, and walkways, including a bridge spanning two boulders.
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  • Always something to learn when visiting the battle grounds and the many monuments and statues. Beautiful countryside. A lot of information at each site. 
    Always something to learn when visiting the battle grounds and the many monuments and statues. Beautiful countryside. A lot of information at each site.  more »
  • what a place for a fight. the kids will love to get out and climb. might be hard to find a parking spot. 
    what a place for a fight. the kids will love to get out and climb. might be hard to find a parking spot.  more »
  • This is a had one to rate. My husband LOVED it, but I'm empathic and the feelings of such dread and sadness overwhelmed me. It was a beautiful place to die and the air is definitely charged with... 
    This is a had one to rate. My husband LOVED it, but I'm empathic and the feelings of such dread and sadness overwhelmed me. It was a beautiful place to die and the air is definitely charged with...  more »
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  • I visit here at sunset as you can tell by the photos. You get a wide view of the battlefield and can see Devils Den from Little Round Top. It gives a really interesting perspectuve to what they saw during the battle here. I would offer some caution when climbing the rocks as people have gotten hurt and stuck between them.
  • Great opportunity to see history. Large area, lots of monuments explaining details of the history in the area. This is apparently one of the most haunted places to visit. I enjoyed the statues & was surprised by the terrain. Bring nice hiking sneakers and prepare to walk a lot to see most things. You can alternatively drive through a good amount of the sights. Gets busy on weekends & not very close to downtown for food and such.
  • Parking is easily available. The original area of the devils den was closed due to maintenance supposedly, but you can still wander around and look for other monuments and readings. There is a little wooden bridge, passing it you’ll find a trail that leads you into the jungle. I felt no strange things. Overall, Im amazed by the history of this place.
  • Some of the most fiercely fought over ground, most unfavorable land to attack on, this boulder strewn hill sit in the shadow of the more highly contested and actual focal point, Little Round Top. It seen its hottest action on July 2nd, 1863 and nearly twenty five hundred casualties would compile in the rocky area. Most notably, General Hood of the Confederate Army of Nothern Virginia would suffer a wound that would keep him out of the battle for the rest of its duration, and cost him his arm. The battle of Devil's Den would be costly and Little Round Top would never be taken, setting the stage for the final day and Picketts grand charge. There's a small parking lot, walk ways and a bridge that allows you to traverse the land and boulders. Though, I'd encourage and say the best view to get a great battle vantage, would be simply looking down from Little Round Top. Still, a stroll amongst the boulders, and a quick search for the famous sharpshooters "photo resting spot", is always exciting. It is a wild experience to stand where such carnage has taken place, and too, to envision what daunting task it must have been to stand at the foot of such a hill with the mighty army of the Potomac atop it and yet, still, find such courage to move forward in the face of almost certain death.
  • I'm sure this would have been a five-star place but the area was closed and all marked off so you couldn't pass to visit the site. Too bad it looks like a great view. Come earlier in the day if you want to take pictures of the rocks. Otherwise the afternoon the sun's the wrong way.

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