On Sunday Dec 28 had the opportunity to spend a few hours on the field with John Cummings and James Anderson. Fortunately the park had mown the open areas recently and there was much to see.
This series of short videos show the remains of the second line of Confederate works which began at what we call today the re-entrant line on the left of Dole’s Salient, ran back a short ways then by running along the reverse slope ran across the McCoull field to and beyond the West McCoull Lane.
This line played a significant role in both the battles of May 10 as well that of May 12. A Lieutenant of the 33rd Virginia wrote that it was not completed until a “line of rifle pits” was dug at around 2 PM on May 11. Since that addition ran behind the left hand regiments of the Stonewall Brigade perhaps the men of Rodes Division had dug the initial line.
In both the second and third video I mistakenly refer to the Ramseur Monument as the McGowen monument. Perhaps in the future I will figure out how to edit the audio.
Also I claim no style points for my fall in the last section.
The beginning of the line at the Re-entrant was shot on a different day and will be in a separate post.
hows the bulk of the remaining second line works.