Gettysburg National Military Park

Peach Orchard

Clark's Battery

Image 1: Clark's Battery. This is the monument to Clark's Battery, Battery B of the 1st New Jersey Light Artillery. The monument in the background on the left is to the New York Excelsior Brigade. The building in the background is the Trostle farm. Near that location, Maj. Gen. Dan Sickles lost his leg. The point of the Peach Orchard the photographer.

Sickles thought his III Corps position, further back in the background of this picture, was not a good defensive site. Against orders, he advanced forward to the Peach Orchard. The Peach Orchard area was defensible, but it was half a mile closer to the Confederate lines. It also made Sickles' line stick out. The corps to Sickles' right could not protect his flank without advancing, which would leave its flank sticking out. As such, Sickles men bore the brunt of the Confederate's assault on the second day of the battle, July 2, 1863.

Image 2: 7th New Jersey Monument. This monument, to the 7th New Jersey, is an interesting shape. It has been designed as the representation of a large minie ball, the type of bullet used in rifled muskets during the Civil War. The monument was erected near the spot where the regiment's colonel, Louis R. Francine, fell on July 2, 1863. Little Round Top can be seen in the background. You can't easily make it out in this picture, but the Rose farm is found in the background on the right. This monument is on the opposite side of the road from the monument in the first picture, putting it off to the right in that picture.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens or with a Sigma 150mm - 300mm telephoto zoom lens. The images were captured on Kodak Royal Gold film.