Gettysburg National Military Park

Bliss Farm

12th NJ Monument

Image 1: 12th New Jersey Monument. My friend Michael Skeet stands beside the 12th New Jersey monument in the area of the Bliss farm.

This farm marked the mid point of the charge for Pettigrew's division during Pickett's Charge, but it was more importantly a key spot of stubborn defence on July 2, 1863. The 1st Delaware infantry and one company of the 12th New Jersey held up Posey's brigade during the Confederate III Corps assault on the left and centre of the Union line during the second day of the battle. The Delaware regiment was pulled back because its commander allowed them to use up their ammunition too quickly. The 12th New Jersey's other companies counterattacked, seizing the farm and capturing over 90 men. The 12th New Jersey held onto this area, preventing Posey from linking up with the left of the Confederate line. This resulted in the Confederate attack being attacked in the flank, which contributed to the failure of the Confederates on July 2, 1863. The regiment pulled back to an area near the Bryan farm in time for Pickett's Charge the next day. The original farm buildings were destroyed during the battle.

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 image was captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.