The Defense of Sickles’ Salient
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides
Join Licensed Battlefield Guides on Tuesday evenings this summer for a series of in-depth battle walks. These are ideal for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of the battle. If you’re interested, please register in advance on the website. Cost is $35.
August 16, 2022 Evening Walk
“The Defense of Sickles’ Salient” featuring LBG Therese Orr
In defiance of his orders to defend the southern end of Cemetery Ridge on July 2, Third Corps Commander Major General Daniel Sickles advanced his Corps to the Emmitsburg Road, Rose’s Wheatfield, and Houck’s Ridge. The salient this created at Sherfy’s Peach Orchard was difficult to defend and required the intervention of Army Commander Major General George Meade to prevent the loss of Cemetery Ridge. Join LBG Therese Orr to explore Sickles’ actions and the fighting in this area. Meet at the Excelsior Brigade monument. Attendees should park along Sickles Avenue. DO NOT park on Wheatfield Road. Areas visited include: 73rd New York monument; the Peach Orchard; the Wentz house site and the Sherfy house. Return to our starting point via US Avenue and Sickles Avenue.
Meeting Place: Excelsior Brigade Monument