The Battle of Gettysburg: History & Voices. General Robert E. Lee. General Robert E. Lee. Born on January 19, 1807 at "Stratford" in Westmoreland County Virginia. General Robert E. Lee. Born on January 19, 1807 at "Stratford" in Westmoreland County Virginia
Swollen by the hot July sun, bodies of Federal infantrymen litter a trampled meadow near the Peach Orchard. Most of these men probably belonged to General Daniel Sickles’ Union corps who defended the area against the massive Confederate assault on July 2. Rebel soldiers who advanced across the field stripped many of the bodies of their shoes and other needed accoutrements. Photographer Alexander Gardner aptly captioned this image "A Harvest of Death".
The body of a young Confederate infantryman lies in a stone enclosure in Devil’s Den, the boulder strewn hillside from which Confederate sharpshooters had harassed the Federal troops holding Little Round Top. Evidence suggests that the soldier was killed perhaps 40 yards away during the fighting on the afternoon of July 1 and was moved and arranged by the photographer to enhance the image’s dramatic effect.