Slaughter Pen, foot of Round Top, Gettysburg
Publisher: Alexander Gardner
Medium: Photographic print
Another image showing the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Slaughter Pen, foot of Round Top, Gettysburg, was captured by O’Sullivan and depicts several dead soldiers amongst the rocky terrain. The scene of some of brutal close fighting on the second day of the Gettysburg conflict, 2 July 1863, the hill of Little Round Top was a critical part of the Union line and its defense was vital in stopping Confederate forces outflanking the Union Army.
Gardner’s sketchbook contains a detailed eyewitness account of the fighting around the area. The nickname ‘Slaughter Pen’, which appeared at several other Civil War battlefields, is an indication of the level of fighting which took place. The three days of conflict produced the highest casualty levels of the war.