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 Posted: Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 04:14 pm
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Doesn't this also explains the cruciality of the Second Day's battle for Little Round Top and Culp's Hill?  LRT was too peaked to afford artillery positions but would have provided siting positions for artillery observers...  as could also the summit of Culp's Hill have done.  Either of these locations would have afforded observer positions for the Confederate guns on Seminary Ridge and Oak Hill, especially the Whitworth's, whose direct fire shotfall would have been masked by the back of East Cemetery Hill and the town of Gettysburg.  Union positions on East Cemetery Hill and Cemetery Ridge would have become untenable.

If taken, Little Round Top would therefore have had to have been defended, which would have accounted for infantry posting around the base.  Moreover an artillery observation position on Little Round Top would have corrected Porter Alexander's third day artillery barrage on Cemetery Ridge and this might have removed altogether the necessity for Pickett's Charge. 

Might, as I think likely, have Meade then withdrawn from Cemetery Hill/Ridge, and pulled back to his Pipe Run positions, which would have allowed Lee to strategically anchor himself along a Gettysburg-Fairfield access and continue his foraging in the Cumberland Valley?

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