Culp’s Hill with Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Jim Flook

Here’s a nice presentation by Ranger Jim Flook covering the fighting on Culp’s Hill.



  1. Marc Panero · · Reply

    I just want to thank you again for the blog, and the links to videos. I shall watch the Culp’s Hill one tonight. Your cogent comments are also appreciated. I check the blog daily. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    1. Thanks for your kind words.

  2. The other Susan · · Reply

    Let’s see, had all day to build a nice breast works, they lost ground and they had to have reinforcements come help them. Why am I supposed to be impressed again. 😀

    I kid, “every picket that sticks to the fence may claim the credit of keeping the pigs out of the garden.”

    1. There could be the fact that they engaged a division and fought all day long. 🙂

      1. The other Susan · · Reply

        Day? This video gave the impression that the artillery kept things at bay during the day.

        1. If artillery can keep things at bay during the day, then none of Pickett’s men should have gotten past the Emmitsburg Road, and McGilvery’s artillery should have kept all of Longstreet’s men from attacking on July 2.

        2. Check out the first five minutes of this. 🙂

          1. The other Susan · ·

            Oy, everyone wants things to look like and be taught like they were when they were a child. Personally I’m in favor of it looking like what the veterans made it look like, not what it looked like in 1863 nor what It looked like in a modern day professor’s childhood. Not that the 1863 look wouldn’t be helpful, but that would mean taking out all the monuments and roads.
            I do however agree with his bewilderment that the NPS dubs Arlington House a “National Memorial” to Lee, while Grant’s house is just a “Historic Site.”

            I’m not trying to turn this into a competition between the two men, Ranger Teague in his talk expressed quite well that it shouldn’t be a competition. But seeing this video I am a bit curious at the statement, “Ireland suffered more killed or wounded and Chamberlain’s Maine guys suffered more prisoners of war” thus for curiosity’s sake and not argument’s sake I’ll have a look at the numbers.

            Looking at the numbers off the monuments..

            137 NY
            Killed 40,
            wounded 87,
            missing 10.
            out of 456

            20th Maine
            38 killed or mortally wounded
            93 wounded
            out of 358 engaged.

            Chamberlain had stated in his report that one was captured at night in the advance up Big round top and none were reported missing.

            Looking at those numbers it would seem the opposite was true, Chamberlain suffering more killed and wounded and Ireland having more missing or captured.

            These numbers may have been updated today. Tom Desjardin’s numbers list for the 20th Maine 40 killed 85 wounded 4 captured. While raising the number of killed this takes away enough wounded that unless Irelands numbers have also been updated could make the 137th the “winner” for the killed and wounded category. (Of course we could declare Chamberlain the winner by turning the number into a percent of soldiers engaged.) I’m not sure if any new numbers for the 137th have been discovered or how many of the 10 missing from the 137th were captured. I’m guessing by the video that someone thinks that less than 4 of them were actually captured.

            But anyway back to your point, are you trying to say Michael Shaara is at fault for Ranger Jim’s memory that the fighting on Culps Hill didn’t happen until nightfall? Not that you have yet convinced me that Ranger Jim was wrong. Your video at around 1:40:00 appears to blame Longstreet and not artillery saying Ewell delayed because he was waiting on Longstreet to start.

      2. The other Susan · · Reply

        “Here the men threw up earthworks the best they could without intrenching tools, and here they remained until the end of the fight. The breastworks were completed about noon of the 2nd of July. From that time until 4 pm the troops which had arrived were resting quietly, and all was as peaceful and serene as though there were no war in the land…”

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