Gettysburg National Military Park

Wheat Field

Irish Brigade Monument

Image 1: Irish Brigade Monument. This monument is to the New York regiments that made up the Irish Brigade, a brigade composed mostly of men of Irish birth or descent. The monument consists of a Celtic cross, with an Irish wolfhound lying beneath it. The monument is found in the woods on the edge of the wheat field.

Hood's Confederate division pushed the Federal troops out of Devil's Den in the late afternoon of the second day of the battle. Sickles' position in the Peach Orchard was exposed. To protect Sickles left flank, Major General James Barnes of Sykes V Corps was rushed to the aid of Brigadier General Regis de Trobriand's brigade. As the Confederates assaulted them, Barnes was assailed from two sides. The fighting in the woods and along the edge of a wheat field was fierce. Eventually Barnes had to retreat past the wheat field. Then, the troops of Brig. Gen. John C. Cladwell's division joined the fight, literally over top of Barnes' men who were fighting lying down at the edge of Trostle's Woods. In the centre of Caldewell's line was the Irish Brigade. The assault was successful enough that they pushed the Confederates right through the wheat field, Rose's Woods and Plum Run. Unfortunately they were drawn into a trap, as McLaws' Confederate division was about to launch a counterattack on them, and an attack on the Peach Orchard itself.

116th Pennsylvania Monument

Image 2: 116th Pennsylvania Monument. This is the monument to the 116th Pennsylvania, found on the edge of the woods near the wheat field. Though you can't tell, the bright area in the background is in the direction of the Peach Orchard.

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 Gold 200 film.