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Devil's Den is a natural formation of huge boulders at the base of Little Round Top that has the look of a small fortress. On the second day of fighting in Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, Devil’s Den saw intense fighting as part of General Robert E. Lee’s flank attacks, when Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s Confederate corps attacked the divisions of Major General Daniel Sickles’ III Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Some 5,500 Confederates from Major General John Bell Hood’s Texas Division division ultimately captured Devil’s Den from 2,400 defenders drawn from Major General David Bell Birney’s division. It was one of the few Southern successes in that day’s fighting. Total casualty estimates are over 800 for the Union, and more than 1,800 among the Confederates. The area between Devil's Den and the mountain named "Little Round Top" saw such bloodshed that it has been dubbed "The Slaughter Pen."

Although many supernatural experiences continue to be reported on the historic battlefield, many agree that the most haunted location is Devil's Den. Early stories indicate that it was the site of strange phenomenon even before the war, but after the 3-day conflict reports of such things increased exponentially. Along with the things that seem to happen all over the battlefield today - the sound of gunfire and screams of the wounded - shadows are sometimes seen moving in and out among the massive boulders of Devil's Den. Strange, swirling lights have been captured in photographs.

According to accounts of the battle, a Confederate sharpshooter was positioned in Devil's Den and repeatedly picked off Union soldiers in the Slaughter Pen below. The Federal troops continued to fall, and an officer used a field glass to find the sniper's location. A barrage of artillery was used to kill the man. Reportedly, photographer Alexander Gardner was photographing the battlefield after the fighting had ended. At Devil's Den, he dragged the body of a dead Confederate solder to stage the photo that you see here, which he portrayed as the infamous sharpshooter.

Below you will see several photographs of Devil's Den as it appears today...


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